The Pros And Cons Of The Insanity Plea

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The Insanity Plea is different for each state in the United States; the difference ranges between states accepting and practicing to nonexistence. They can also vary on which type of insanity plea they allow. Indiana currently puts most of the blame on the defendant and does not tolerate the “not guilty by reason of insanity.” However, Indiana does use a form of the Insanity Plea called the Model Panel Code. Most Americans have their own view and opinion of how the Insanity Plea works and sadly some of those opinions are false. The Insanity Plea’s stipulations are stricter than Americans believe; therefore, Indiana should adopt these guidelines.
The Insanity Plea is an enormously broad term. There are rules that branch off of the Insanity
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This rule “states that an accused is not criminally responsible if his unlawful act was the product of mental disease or mental defect” (Insanity Defense 2). It may seem as if the rules are common, but this rule was rejected by the courts because of how broad it was (Insanity Defense 2). It was allowing criminals that caused the mental confusion themselves, as in alcoholics, drug addicts, etc. to get out of the crimes they committed. The categories of people that was not deserving of this were granted “not guilty,” by the Durham Rule and it was a releasing real criminals (Insanity Defense 2). They needed to narrow it down and become stricter with the stipulations for it to be …show more content…
Many cases have been ruled "not guilty by reason of insanity" when it should not have been. It allows criminals to go to an insane home and be released when they believe you are "cured" (Starr 1). You could be getting sentenced to life in prison and get sentenced not guilty by reason of insanity resulting in getting put in a home. This home can release you when they believe you are “cured.” Sadly, this punishes criminals in a way that is less dramatizing and effecting to them. Therefore, faking symptoms of being insane or mentally ill was a common thing back then. Criminals would fake the way they act so

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