psychpost | 6/14/2011 12:16:00 AM
How does the court system treat individuals who are afflicted with a Psychological disorder and commit crimes?
Mental health professionals are asked to determine whether the accused were competent to stand trial and whether they were sane at the time the crimes were committed (Nolen-Hoeksema). Whatever is determined by these specialists in not the final judgment but they are taken into consideration by the court.
Competence to Stand Trial
Individuals who are not able to comprehend what is going on in a court room or participate in their own defense.
The idea that an individual cannot be held responsible for their actions if they were mentally incapacitated during the time the crime was committed. Insanity Defense is used for about 1% of felony indictments.
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