The Insanity Plea

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Over the years the standards and requirements for the insanity plea have changed, from strict to lenient back to strict and so on. According to the article ‘Insanity defense among the states’, in some states for example Kansas, Montana, Idaho, and Utah just abolished the ability to pleading insanity all together. (Insanity defense among the states) In other states the requirements vary like in California they use the McNaughton rule which says that to be declared insane, defendants must either not have known what they were doing at the time or not have realized their actions were wrong. (Insanity defense among the states) Despite the fact that people plead insanity it is not confirmed they will be granted that permission and there is no possible way to prove that they were actually insane at the time, the insanity defense is needed because it is a right that we are entitled to use and some people really were not aware of what they were doing so they should not receive a punishment that they do not deserve. Despite the fact that people plead insanity it is not confirmed they will be granted that permission and there is no possible way to prove that they were actually insane at the time even with all the research and studies that they run. People say that if a person is found innocent but insane then that person is sent to a psychiatric hospital and if they get better they can even get out earlier than they were sentenced to no matter how big the crime that they committed was. But they are wrong, according to the article ‘the insanity verdict on trial’ research shows that those who have been sent to a psychiatric hospital stay just as long as a person who committed the same crime and is in prison, even though in some states such as... ... middle of paper ... ...ter-insanity-plea-tuesday>. Lilienfeld, Scott O"The Insanity Verdict on Trial." Scientific American Mind. 10 01 2011: n. page. Web. 12 Sep. 2013. Martin, John P.."The Insanity Defense: A Closer Look." Washingtonpost.com. the Washington Post Company, 27 Feb 1998. Web. 6 Dec 2013. Montaldo, Charles .Caplan, Lincoln “The Insanity Defense.” About.com. N.p.. Web. 1 November 2013 Schouten, Ronold."The insanity defefense; An Intersection of Morality, Public Policy, and Science ." Psychology Today. N.p., 16 08 2012. Web. 19 Sep 2013. “Insanity Defense.” . N.p., 03 September 2013. Web. 5 September 2013. . “The Insanity Defense Among the States.” FindLaw. N.P.. Web. 4 December 2013.

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