Mental Disability and Criminal Justice

Mental Disability and Criminal Justice

It is evident that people with mental disability have been victims of crimes and also at the same time they have been crime offenders.

Due to their mental disability there are a number of problems that they experience either as offenders or the victims.

These particular shortcomings in most of the times interferes with how justice is served to such people (Perlin, 2016).

It is also clear that the criminal justice system has not development effective mechanisms to deal with these particular shortcomings.

Moreover, during trial as offenders people with disability may fail to understand their rights and this may lead to an unfair trial. Additionally, as victims they may not be able to report offenses committed against them and thus justice may end up not being granted to them.

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References

Dressler, J. (2015). Black Letter Outline on Criminal Law. West Academic.

LaFave, W. R. (2017). Modern Criminal Law: cases, comments and questions. West Academic Publishing.

Melton, G. B., Petrila, J., Poythress, N. G., Slobogin, C., Otto, R. K., Mossman, D., & Condie, L. O. (2017). Psychological evaluations for the courts: A handbook for mental health professionals and lawyers. Guilford Publications.

Perlin, M. L. (2016). A prescription for dignity: Rethinking criminal justice and mental disability law. Routledge.

Perlin, M. L., & Cucolo, H. E. (2017). Tolling for the Aching Ones Whose Wounds Cannot Be Nursed: The Marginalization of Racial Minorities and Women in Institutional Mental Disability Law Policing Rape Complaints. J. Gender Race & Just., 20, 431.

Perlin, M. L., Cucolo, H. E., & Lynch, A. (2017). Mental disability law: Cases and materials. Carolina Academic Press.

Perlin, M. L., Dorfman, D., & Weinstein, N. (2018). ‘On Desolation Row’: The Blurring of the Borders Between Civil and Criminal Mental Disability Law, and What It Means For All of Us.

Slobogin, C. (2016). ELIMINATING MENTAL DISABILITY AS A LEGAL CRITERION IN DEPRIVATION OF LIBERTY CASES: THE IMPACT OF THE CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ON THE INSANITY DEFENSE, CIVIL COMMITMENT, AND COMPETENCY LAW. Law & Psychology Review, 40.


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