Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity

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Not guilty by reason of insanity is defined as “a verdict rendered by a jury in a criminal case that finds that the defendant was insane at the time of committing the crime as determined by application of the rest for insanity used in the jurisdiction compare guilty but mentally ill...” (FindLaw Legal Dictionary). This means that someone who has committed a crime cannot be tried as guilty for the crime at hand due to the determination that the defendant is “insane”; “a state of mind that prevents normal perception, behavior, or social interaction...” (Google). A person who is determined “not guilty by reason of insanity” (NGRI) is sent to a psychiatric hospital for the amount of time given by a judge. The criminally insane person is given psychiatric care, whether it be prescription pills, milieu therapy or group therapy, until he or she is believed to be suitable to enter back into society. Whether the person is safe to be back in society or not is determined by a psychiatrist or doctor that has jurisdiction over the patient. The question at hand is: When is a criminally insane person able to be apart of society and apart of the real world after they are determined not guilt by reason of insanity? Criminally insane persons are a threat to society, which is why they are hospitalized. The criminally insane must reach a certain point or there must be a reason why they are finally determined able to be conditionally released. The first source presented is from “Evaluating
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