... middle of paper ...
...ychology of the legal system. With these defendants who truly are mentally disturbed, I feel empathy for them because I do not entirely believe that it is their fault they are like that. A chemical imbalance could be present that causes these violent outrages and risky acts. However, for the ones who commit these wrongdoings should be punished in every possible way. I believe that NGRI should be eliminated because it gives inmates an easy way out of their punishment. What really bothered me was reading about the criminals who would lie about having a mental illness. The man who got a bigger sentence simply for faking a mental illness, deserved it. The others who plea insanity may really need the treatment at mental institutions, but spots are filled up because of the ones who lied. My final say on NGRI is, if you commit a crime, you need to suffer the consequences.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- “Not guilty by reason of insanity” (NGRI) has often perplexed even the most stringent of legal and psychiatric professionals for centuries. Moreover, it has transcended into the pop culture, as a “loophole”for the criminal society. However, the insanity defense is only used in less than 1% of criminal cases, and used successfully in only 10-25% of those cases (Torry and Billick, 2010). In order to successfully be acquitted by reason of insanity, the legal team, paired with psychiatric professionals, must prove that the defendant is not legally responsible for the crime, despite the evidence that they executed the crime.... [tags: insanity, crime, defendant]
2413 words (6.9 pages)
- Interest and debate have greatly increased over the Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) plea since the 1970s. The legal definition of insanity as understood by Dunn, Cowan, and Downs (2006) is, “a person is thought insane if he or she is incapable of knowing or understanding the nature and quality of his or her act of distinguishing right from wrong at the time of the commission of the offense.” There are several investigations needed in the area of NGRIs plea, especially in the area of gender.... [tags: insanity, culture, public opinion, law]
1769 words (5.1 pages)
- With murder charges of fifteen people, cannibalism, and necrophilia hanging over his head, Jeffery Dahmer plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Since Dahmer was a child he had shown withdraws and avoidance of society. He had a habit of collecting dead animals, and he would dissect, dissolve them in many different ways. When Dahmers plea of insanity was rejected by the court, he was then charged with fifteen counts of murder (Yoong). Many believe that when Jeffrey Dahmer 's plea was rejected that it was the end of anyone using, but that isn’t the case.... [tags: Insanity defense, Mental disorder, Crime, Insanity]
3860 words (11 pages)
- Insanity. When some people think of the word “insanity”, television shows comparable to Law and Order and NCIS may come into mind. Due to some of these shows, one may not fully comprehend what is insanity. In this paper I will discuss what insanity, a brief history of insanity and how it impacts today’s society, furthermore, I will also discuss my personal thoughts on the subject. What is the insanity defense exactly. The insanity defense can be defined as “A defense asserted by an accused in a criminal prosecution to avoid liability for the commission of a crime, whereas at the time of the crime, the person did not appreciate the nature, quality, or wrongdoing of the acts.” In order to und... [tags: Insanity defense, Mental disorder, Crime]
1008 words (2.9 pages)
- ... TREPANATION 20th century 3. ROTATIONAL THERAPY 4. MESMERISM (1734-1815) 5. LOBOTOMY 6. Electroconvulsive therapy 7.restraint 8. Strong drugs 9. Shock water treatment 10. Bleeding 11. Blistering salves. Such treatments often left patients severely damaged and not being able to function in society. New psychiatric drugs were developed in the 1950s, there was a new-found belief that people in mental institutions could be rehabilitated. Our current day treatments are rehabilitation hospitals, counseling, and medications.... [tags: symptoms of insanity, crime, trial]
915 words (2.6 pages)
- Most court cases end in one of the following two ways: Guilty or Not Guilty. In addition to these simple verdicts, information is sometimes provided as to why the jury came to its conclusion. Such is the case for Not guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI). While the first two scenarios are simple and fair, the last choice has raised more than a few eyebrows over time. Many believe that the Insanity Plea is a simple way to get a high-stakes criminal off the hook, though many would also disagree and say that the Insanity Plea is a justifiable resolution to court cases.... [tags: court cases, jury, insanity defense]
1204 words (3.4 pages)
- Many criminals find many ways to get out of jail or being sentenced to death, what goes through their minds. Pleading insanity means to not be guilty of a crime committed due to reason of mental illness. In many cases criminals get away with pleading insanity, but in the end does it always work out. Bruco Eastwood pleaded insanity and therefore his background, crime, and where he is now will be crucial to Brucos’ insanity plea. Who was Bruco Eastwood before his insanity plea. For starters, he had major issues from his adolescence days.... [tags: Mental disorder, Crime, Insanity defense]
1230 words (3.5 pages)
- Richard Bonnie, a Professor of law and psychiatry, leans on yes -- insanity should indeed exist as a legal defense for criminals. However, his stance on the matter focuses more on a modified variation of the existing defense used in the courts, as the defense maneuver is crucial in maintaining moral integrity of criminal law (Bonnie, 1982, p. 308). He begins with a suggestion to consider the case of John Hinckley. While hearing his argument for the insanity defense, it is mentioned how the media takes on many cases, such as Hinckley's own case, and coupled with a lack of disagreement among experts in the psychiatric field, the media has had a negative influence on the overall depiction of th... [tags: richard bonnie, criminal law, insanity defense]
1379 words (3.9 pages)
- Sane for insanity. Often times, the Insanity Defense is viewed by the public as an excused for criminals who are trying to be free of a sentence in jail.That may be the case for a small portion of the time, but that rarely works. It does not matter what the defendants mental ability is at the moment of a trial. The jurors focus on the mental capability at the moment the defendant committed the crime. There are several tests that are looked at in trying to find what the cause was for all of the commotion by the defendant in the committed crime to discover the level of their mental illness, or if there is an illness at all.... [tags: insanity defense, excuse for criminals]
1223 words (3.5 pages)
- The basis of insanity is upon M’Nagten Rules (1843) which set forward the principles of a defence when the “defendant had a defect of reason” or a “disease of the mind” and was not able to understand the nature of the act they did or did not know what they were doing was wrong. These three conditions must be proved for the defence of insanity to become available. Insanity is available for the all cases that require mens rea except for strict liability cases. The first condition to be established is the defendant’s defect of reason.... [tags: Mental disorder, Psychology, Psychiatry]
1159 words (3.3 pages)