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NCJ Number: 49821 Find in a Library
Title: BAD OR MAD - THE PSYCHIATRIST IN THE SENTENCING PROCESS
Journal: JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND LAW  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:(SPRING 1976)  Pages:23-48
Author(s): C E R BOHMER
Corporate Author: Federal Legal Publications, Inc
Managing Editor
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Legal Publications, Inc
New York, NY 10007
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE USE OF PSYCHIATRIC TESTIMONY IN DISPOSING CASES INVOLVING SEX OFFENDERS AND THE EFFECTS OF PSYCHIATRIC REPORTS ON JUDICIAL DECISIONMAKING AND SENTENCING ARE EXAMINED.
Abstract: DATA WAS GATHERED FROM COURT RECORDS, PSYCHIATRIC REPORTS, POLICE COMPLAINTS, AND THE RECORDS, OF ALL MALES CONVICTED OF A SEX OFFENSE IN PHILADELPHIA FROM 1966-1970 JUDGES WERE ALSO INTERVIEWED. CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH PRESENTENCE PSYCHIATRIC REPORTS WERE REQUESTED AND EXAMINED. OFFENDERS FOR WHOM REPORTS WERE ORDERED, AND THOSE SENTENCED WITHOUT REPORTS, WERE COMPARED. VARIATIONS IN THE USE OF PSYCHIATRIC REPORTS FROM ONE JUDGE TO ANOTHER, AND THE BEHAVIOR OF A PSYCHIATRIST IN MAKING A PROGNOSIS, WERE CONSIDERED. THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE OFFENSE, PREVIOUS RECORD, AND THE AGE OF THE VICTIMS WERE AMONG FACTORS SIGNIFICANTLY RELATED TO ORDERING A REPORT. THE PRESENCE OF A REPORT DID NOT GENERALLY AFFECT THE TYPE OR LENGTH OF THE SENTENCE. THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PSYCHIATRISTS AND THE JUDGES SENTENCES CORRESPONDED IN ONLY HALF OF THE CASES, A FINDING LOWER THAN THAT EXPECTED FROM RESEARCH WITH PROBATION REPORTS AND SOME SCHOLARLY OPINION. IMPLICATIONS OF THE STUDY ARE PRESENTED, AND LIMITING FACTORS AFFECTING THE JUDGES' POTENTIAL USE OF PSYCHIATRIC REPORTS ARE DISCUSSED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--DAG)
Index Term(s): Analysis; Judicial decisions; Psychiatry; Psychological evaluation; Sentencing/Sanctions; Studies
Note: REVISED CHAPTER OF DISSERTATION 'JUDICIAL USE OF PSYCHIATRIC REPORTS IN THE SENTENCING OF SEX OFFENDERS' PRESENTED TO UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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