Forensic Psychology Essay

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Assignment Unit 7

Civil Commitment and the Mentally Ill
CJ233-01: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Sigrid Hess
Kaplan University
February 18, 2012

Civil Commitment and the Mentally Ill

1.How often is the insanity defense used and how successful is it?

I would like to answer this question, with the presentation of my opinion and the performed research.
It is within my opinion, that the insanity defense is used over excessively and is taking part in almost every defense to any crime. Offenders seem to have the knowledge to the use of this defense and will often provide a plea to guilty by insanity or temporary insanity, within the faith, to receive a reduced sentence. While insanity has to be a proven fact and a
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It also is believed, people who have less monetary funds and depend on the defense of a public defender, will not receive the same quality of defense, and they are also unable to receive the same value within the insanity exam. Such critic is based on the suggestion, that the insanity defense should be eliminated. Retrieved from; West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2 (2008).
3. When a mentally ill person is convicted and incarcerated, what are some of the difficulties in providing appropriate psychological treatment for these offenders?
The difficulties in providing appropriate care, to a incarcerated mentally ill person, would stand to the inappropriate care and knowledge of the staff or facility personnel, to the condition of the mentally ill. A prison or jail is not equipped nor can such establishment provide the correct treatment to the mentally ill. To take in consideration the staff and the special medical treatment such person would require, every day, while in such confinement. But the alternative to this problem is stated in: Wrightsman’s Psychology and the Legal System, 6e,(2011) in which it is proposed; “When defendants are found incompetent to stand trial, they can be committed for a period of treatment designed to restore their competence”. And also; “for dealing with the unrestorably incompetent criminal…

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