The Psychological Situation For A Criminal

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“People with mental health problems are almost never dangerous. In fact, they are more likely to be the victims than the perpetrators. At the same time, mental illness has been the common denominator in one act of mass violence after another” (Blunt). Those under some sort of mental illness often commit their crimes under the influence of that illness and are not aware of what they are doing. There are cases in which they do not receive the proper health during sentencing and affects them in the long run, or they have been imprisoned and let out without being provided with the proper help. This ends with them committing acts that are worse than what they committed before. The psychological situation for a criminal is an essential component …show more content…

In spring of 2001, Yates is admitted twice to Devereux Texas Treatment Network for the treatment of her mental illness, in which she was prescribed with strong anti-psychotic medications, including Haldol. On June 4, 2001, Yates was discontinued her prescription of Haldol by psychiatrist Mohammed Saeed. On June 20, 2001, not even a month later of the discontinuing of her prescription of Haldol, Andrea drowns her five children, one by one in the bath tub at their home in Clear Lake, Texas. June 30, 2001, Andrea Yates is indicted on two counts of capital murder and pleads not guilty by reason of insanity. Her trial began the following year on February 18. In the month of March, “during the trial, the prosecution’s expert witness, psychiatrist Park Dietz, testifies that Yates got the idea to drown her children from an episode of “Law & Order,” However, the show’s producers later state that no such episode ever aired” (CNN, 2015). On March 12 of 2002, Yates is convicted of two counts of capital murder for the deaths of Noah, John, and Mary. She was not tried for the deaths of Paul and Luke, and was later sentenced to life in prison. October of 2003, Yates was placed on suicide watch after she refused to eat, and on April 30 of 2004, Yates’ attorney filed an appeal. On July of the same year, Andrea was hospitalized after she refused to eat, and on July 30, Rusty Yates filed for divorce. January 6, 2005, “the Texas First Court of Appeals

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