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NCJ Number: 98403 Find in a Library
Title: Alternatives to the Insanity Defense
Journal: Journal of Psychiatry and Law  Volume:12  Dated:(Spring 1984)  Pages:93-102
Author(s): R G LaGrone; D C Combs
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 10
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The insanity defense, so named from the verdict of 'not guilty by reason of insanity' (NGRI), has been a source of empassioned debate since its inception.
Abstract: More recently, the NGRI controversy was renewed by the verdict of NGRI in the case of John Hinckley, Jr. This article examines various issues and alternatives to the insanity defense, i.e., 'guilty but mentally ill' (GBMI) and 'not responsible by reason of insanity' (NRRI), that are evolving in the public arena today. An argument favoring NRRI is presented.
Index Term(s): Guilty but mentally ill; Insanity defense
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