Pros And Cons Of The Insanity Defense

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4. It is hard to imagine that serial murderers do not effectively use the insanity defense. Please explain:
a) why isn 't it an effective defense?
- The insanity defense, is a defense by excuse in a criminal case, arguing that the defendant is not responsible for their actions due to a persistent psychiatric disease. According to Danny Cevallos, who is a CNN Legal Analyst stated that: the insanity defense is raised in less than 1% of felony cases, and it 's only successful in a fraction of those; moreover, defendants judged to have been legally insane at the time of the offense and subsequently found not guilty by reason of insanity are in almost all cases indefinitely committed to psychiatric hospitals for treatment. When it comes to legal
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According to FindLaw which states that: The insanity defense asserts that a criminal defendant should not be found guilty due to the defendant 's insanity, but insanity in this context refers to a very specific dysfunction. The insanity act is a way for a person could claim that they lack insanity because when they commit a crime they could either say they didn’t know what they were doing or that they were controlled by an outside focus that’s only in their mind. The insanity defense has existed since the twelfth century however in the insanity plea has a low success rate and there are other reasons to consider whether an insanity defense is the best …show more content…
Depluralization, according to social psychological conditioning may also be a slow process, which could take several years, once a person first joins into an intermediate group who may have a more in depth radical position, yet not as radical as other extreme groups which they may eventually be encouraged to join; this however happens when they are 'ready ', both ideologically and emotionally. After becoming aware of hypocrisy and corruption within a cult, converts who have maintained an element of independence may simply walk out. Sometimes even the most dedicated members may feel so inadequate in the face of the cult’s demands that they walk away, not because they have stopped believing, but because they feel like abject failures.
b) self-individuation
- self-individuation according to course materials involves redefining the person 's identity in the cult 's terms; this has been described as the "pseudopersonalty in which individuals conforms to the highly-restricted environment of the cult. Cult members replace their own beliefs and values with those of the group. Members are manipulated, exploited, and may give up their education, careers, and families. Occasionally, cults engage in criminal activities as serious as drugs, theft, or money laundering even if they have never broken the law before in their life.

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