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NCJ Number: 126255 Find in a Library
Title: Insanity Defense: Five Years After Hinckley (From Perspectives on Deviance: Dominance, Degradation and Denigration, P 77-87, 1991, Robert J Kelly and Donal E J MacNamara, eds. - See NCJ-126249)
Author(s): R Moran
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
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United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The changes in the insanity defense laws since John Hinckley, Jr.'s acquittal by reason of insanity are discussed.
Abstract: During the 5 years following the Hinckley verdict, lawmakers made more than 100 changes in the insanity defense laws. The sum total of these changes, however, has been negligible. The changes fall into the following categories: test of insanity, burden of proof, guilty but mentally ill, abolition of the insanity defense, and post acquittal commitment procedures. The conclusion that can be drawn from this 5-year study is that reforming the law does not generally reform the system. The criminal justice and mental health systems tend to adjust to each other, so that legal changes in one are compensated for by informal changes in the other. 5 notes and 28 references.
Main Term(s): Insanity defense
Index Term(s): Criminal justice system reform; Criminally insane persons
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