This paper is going to explain the research that I have done on the insanity defense in general, my own opinion on the use of pleading insanity, a recent case on the successful pleading of insanity to prevent a defendant from being criminally responsible, and the positives and negatives of the insanity defense. I am also going to do my best to explain what should happen to a criminal defendant after they are declared by the courts to be insane, as well citing all of my research.
Running Head: PSYCHOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP Psychology of Leadership Introduction Social psychology, the major branch of modern psychology, is a science that studies and understands the nature of human mind and his mental system when it is at work in social life. Leadership is a psychological as well as a social process attributed by
Insanity is a permissible concept that consists of the courtroom purpose that a human is not qualified of creating mindful intent and cannot be held guilty for a criminal act. No human should be exempted of law-breaking or any other offense on the foundation of opinion decreed by psychiatric or mental health experts. Excusing a human of responsibility for a criminal act is an act of lawful humanity impersonating as an act of medical science. In addition, one who is merciful or merciless toward lawbreakers is a ethical complication, which is not related to the real expertise of medical
The word insanity is used by a defender in criminal prosecution to avoid liability for the commission of a crime by using a mental illness as a justification. Insanity is the mental state of not being able to distinguish fantasy from reality, lack of conduct affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior (Lilienfeld 2009). In the article, Rethinking the Revolving Door Dereck Denckla argues that “while the number of people with mental illness in state psychiatric hospitals has decreased precipitously over the last thirty years, the number of mentally-ill people in jails and prisons has steadily increased (Denckla 2001).” This is because psychiatrists are leaving there patients unattended letting them cause damage to innocent people. However, threw out the years defendants have gotten away with insanity defense and delinquents now want to use this form of excuse as well. Insanity defense has made it difficult for the courts to determine an answer since they will need sufficient evidence to determine whether the defendant is guilty or freed because of psychological disorder. Cases like these should be taken to another level of
On Being Sane in Insane Places is an essay written by David L. Rosenhan regarding experiments in which he and a team of others participated. These experiments were conducted in psychiatric wards of hospitals throughout the United States of America. In the experiments, a member of Rosenhan’s team would ask
(2015). Insanity Defense: Past, Present, and Future. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, 37(4) ProQuest, Accessed 12 March 2017. This article focuses on the past, present and future of insanity defense. It is also based on the assumption that at the time the crime was committed, the defendant was not suffering from severe mental illness and therefore, was incapable of differentiating right from wrong behavior and making them not legally accountable for the crime. This is a good and interesting article to me also because its easy to understand and read. This article gets straight to the point and gives full information of what the author is trying to say. I will be using this article in my project because I feel that with having a past, present and future article that is involved with insanity defense it will create good background for my reader and will be very interesting to read
Over the years the abuse of insanity plea, has troubled our American Justice System in our world today. The growth in this defense has increased so much that the expansion has asked the question; whether or not insanity plea is a worthy and justified defense to be used in the courts. The Insanity defense is when a criminal defendant can be found to have been legally insane when that defendant committed the crime they did at the time. In some cases, the criminal defendant pleads insane and gets a less severe punishment due to their ruling of having a mental impairment. In the court system, the trial procedure for pleading insane is straight forward with its steps and rulings whether or not the criminal is guilty or not.
Confidence, social competency, and motivation are some of the characteristics great leaders have. In Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Randle McMurphy and Nurse Ratched, are two emotionally intelligent leaders who are always in close competition with one another. Yes, they are FOILS of each other; only one person can command the ward. Furthermore, in a psychiatric ward where Acutes, grown men in the ward who are emotionally capable of their emotions and actions, and Chronics who have no emotional control and are subject to electroshock therapy, are under strong control of Nurse Ratched before McMurphy becomes a patient. McMurphy then brings hope and leadership to most of the men by demanding to see the World Series baseball game, taking the men fishing, introducing them to prostitutes, and other rebellious acts. It is evident that both McMurphy and Nurse Ratched are leaders and emotionally intelligent, but their flaws are what initiates their hatred and anger towards one another. By applying Daniel Goleman’s theory of emotionally intelligence, the leadership that
Introduction Have you ever wondered what they did on multiple occasions with psychotic criminals up for sentencing in a court proceeding? In this paper it will clarify that answer, and much more in the final say in mentally ill individuals. The final decision in being mentally ill in a court proceeding is formally known as the Insanity defense plea. The Insanity defense plea is an act of protection for criminals who are not aware of their criminal conduct in sentencing from a judge. In this paper it will begin by explaining the history of the Insanity plea, and how it came about in today’s society of criminals. Next, the paper will educate readers on the process a mentally ill person goes through in order to be protected within this defense.
The Insanity Defense The insanity defense is a topic that is commonly argued about. It is a topic that is helpful to be informed about. While my research was limited since there are not many cases of the insanity defense , many individuals believe that this defense is only used to allow defendants to get less time in prison and get away with a crime. Although this has been true in some cases, my objective is to bring light into this topic because the insanity defense serves as an appropriate punishment for someone that is mentally ill, the public has a widely misconception of it, and it provides mental help for an “insane” defendant.
The issue of madness has been touched by many writers. In this paper I will focus on two important writings which deal directly with the mental illnesses. The first one is "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey first published in 1962. The second is "Hamlet" written by Shakespeare approximately in 1602. Ken Kesey worked nights in a mental institution in California and his novel has a lot of truth in it. He faced patient's insanity every day and was confident that it was natural response to the overall madness of the corporate America. Shakespeare on the contrary, focused on the completely opposite side of the mental madness: through "Hamlet" he wanted to show that in degree of publicity mental disorders can harm observers.
Sanity and insanity are two deeply intertwined concepts. Any observation made upon the nature of either conversely reshapes our understanding of the other. In Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, there is a power struggle in a psychiatric ward between two conflicting definitions of sanity and insanity and what behaviour can be categorized as such. Miss Ratched’s sanity is achieved through a rigid hierarchal network of rules that enforces uniformity and order while the patients’ revolutionary sanity achieved solely through rebelling from the rules that limit the individual’s freedom and sense of self. In detailing the tension between two opposite views on sanity, Kesey scrutinizes the way society forms its perceptions towards sanity and exposes the flaws in its narrow definition of sanity. The process of defining sanity is formed by rules that act as the model of sanity which is inherently unjust to non-conforming
Introduction The Basics of Insanity and Mental Illness Insanity and mental illness in the criminal justice system appear to the public to be simple and black and white, either an individual is crazy for their actions or they are not. The problem of deciphering insanity and mental illness is not that simple
Humans, being the complex creatures that they are, are fully capable of making cognizant, rational choices, choices which can affect other persons, either in a positive or negative fashion. However, in some cases, humans are unable to control their own thoughts. Those unable to control their minds are
Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity: A Look into the Insanity Defense On Friday, March 3, 1843, the trial of The Queen v. Daniel McNaughton (West, Walk 12) began. The verdict of this trail changed the way the civilized world views the criminally insane. People who were criminally insane went from being viewed as evil and wild beasts to people who could not be held accountable for their actions at the time of the crime they committed. As time progressed, the insanity defense became an acceptable defense and rules were laid forth on how to declare people criminally insane. In this essay I will give the events responsible for the McNaughton trial and explain how it’s proceedings and verdict helped set forth the ground rules for the