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Insanity Defense

Human psychology
involves complex analyses and dynamic theories of cognition, personality, and
disorders. There is often a level of interpretation in psychological pursuits
and inquiries. This complexity can make it difficult to definitively,
objectively assess mental illness and insanity. This complicates the criminal
justice system, which relies on objective testimony and concrete evidence to
deliver fair convictions and sentencing. Questions about what constitutes a
“fair” conviction and sentence may arise when an offender has questionable
sanity, criminal responsibility, volition, or cognition.

For this
Discussion, consider whether or not the insanity defense should be a legitimate
plea in the criminal justice system.

Post by Day 4 your position on
whether or not the insanity defense should be a legitimate plea in the criminal
justice system. Provide specific examples to illustrate your points. Justify
your response with references to the Jeffrey Dahmer case, current literature,
and Learning Resources.

One and a half page with
at least two reference….

It is important that you cover all the topics identified in the
assignment. Covering the topic does not mean mentioning the topic BUT
presenting an explanation from the readings.

To get maximum points you need to follow the requirements listed for
this assignments 1) look at the page limits 2) review and follow APA rules
3) create SUBHEADINGS to identify the key sections you are presenting and
4) Free from typographical and sentence construction errors.


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    Slobogin, C. (2009). What purposes does the insanity defense serve, and
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  • Article:
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