The Mental State Of The Criminal Bar Essay

1448 Words Oct 24th, 2016 6 Pages
With many infamous cases concerning about defendants who suffer from mental health commit serious crimes, there possible encounters that occur between these individuals and the legal system (attorneys, public defenders, jury, etc.) Even though the legal system encounters defendants with mental illness on a frequent basis, are the role models of the legal court knowledgeable enough to understand the mental state of the accused individuals? Frierson, Boyd, and Harper (2015) conducted a study to test attorneys, public defenders, prosecutors, judges’, etc. experience, expertise, and knowledge of the mental state of defendants. Four hundred and ninety two members in South Carolina’s criminal bar was surveyed on their demographics, asked to define delusion and psychosis (two terms regularly used to described mental illness); they were also asked to identify schizophrenia, their attitudes towards the NGRI and GBMI verdicts, and working with mentally ill defendants. In the beginning of this article, Frierson et. al (2015) explains that there is a large population of mentally ill individuals within correctional facilities, with the number continuing to rise in the Unites States. (Frierson, Boyd, & Harper, 2015) In similar studies examining mentally ill prisoners, “rates of mental illness among incarcerated offenders have been found to be at least double the comparable rates in the general population.” (Frierson, Boyd, & Harper, 2015) Compared to more mentally stable defendants in…

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