Monday, January 30, 2023

Tag: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Inside a Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Earning the Right to Sleep on...

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Life in the DC was far too complicated for me to be able to just listen to my body and sleep on a thick yoga mat placed on the floor to alleviate my severe back pain.

Inside a Forensic Psychiatry Unit: Here’s How to Survive

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Sean Gunderson, who was detained by the criminal justice system for 17 years after receiving an NGRI verdict, documents the life of a forensic psychiatry inmate.

NGRI: The Gilligan’s Island of the Criminal Justice System

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I approached the NGRI system with the belief that my commitment would be short and sweet and that in less than one year I would be back to living in the community. That year turned into nearly two decades.

Lee Coleman – The Insanity Defence, Storytelling on the Witness Stand

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An interview with Doctor Lee Coleman, in which we focus on psychiatry in the courtroom and why the psychiatric expert witness role may be failing both the individual on trial and society at large.

What Care for the Criminally Insane Can Teach Us

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In this piece for The Pew Charitable Trusts, Michael Ollove reports on Oregon's model of intense care and supervision for those found guilty except for insanity. "Oregon’s model...

Three Experts Discuss the Role of Insanity in Our Legal System

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Three leading legal scholars speak to Pacific Standard about the nature and history of the insanity defense, as well as its impact on our criminal...

When ‘Not Guilty’ is a Life Sentence

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From The New York Times: While the public perception of the insanity defense is that it is a "get out of jail free" card, the...

I am Insane

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I have been here at Western State Hospital for almost five years. While I’ve been told that I’ve met all the criteria for a conditional release, the hospital won’t grant me this because I can’t prove that I won’t be dangerous in the future. Can anyone prove this? Even convicts don’t have to prove they’re ‘safe’ before they are freed.