Many of the 2.3 million people incarcerated in the U.S. suffer from mental illness. Just exactly how and to what degree mental health problems affect criminal behavior is the focus of this book. Written by mental health experts who testify frequently for both the defense and the prosecution, this book provides useful information for criminal law practitioners handling cases involving mental illness. The book addresses the full spectrum of mental illness and the role psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals play in identifying mental disorders. It includes a discussion of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV-TR along with an analysis of how the disorders described in the manual interface with criminal behaviors. The authors also analyze insanity, competency, eyewitness testimony, risk assessments, mental retardation, and brain injury, as well as other issues that affect the role of mental illness in the forensic setting. Buy this comprehensive book and fully-searchable CD-ROM to gain a valuable resource for your criminal law library.
Summary of Contents: Mental Illness and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV-TR (DSM-IV-TR | Pretrial Assessments | Competency to Stand Trial | Competency Case Law | Medical Issues in Criminal Competency | Psychological Instruments Used to Assess Competency | The Trial Phase of Criminal Proceedings | Eyewitness Testimony | Post-trial Issues | Mental Retardation and the Death Penalty | Sentencing and Psychiatric/Psychological Testimony | The Appointment of Mental Health Experts | Expert Evidence and Testimony | Sex Offenders | Violence and Mental Illness | The Use of Psychological Autopsies | Case Examples | References | Subject Index
Number of Pages: 342
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