Stock up on textbooks with 40% off + FREE shipping or choose from thousands of Protocols eBooks at just 9.99 each!

Perspectives in Law & Psychology

Mentally Disordered Offenders

Perspectives from Law and Social Science

Editors: Monahan, John, Steadman, Henry J. (Eds.)

Free Preview

Buy this book

eBook 107,09 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4899-0351-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 176,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-306-41151-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
Softcover 135,19 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4899-0353-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
About this book

In its narrowest sense, "mentally disordered offender" refers to the approximately twenty thousand persons per year in the United States who are institutionalized as not guilty by reason of insanity, incompetent to stand trial, and mentally disordered sex offenders, as well as those prisoners transferred to mental hospitals. The real importance of mentally disordered offenders, however, may not lie in this figure. Rather, it may reside in the symbolic role that mentally disordered offenders play for the rest of the legal system. The 3,140 persons residing in state institutions on an average day in 1978 as not guilty by reason of insanity (see Chapter 4), for example, are surely worthy of concern in their own right. But they represent only 1% of the 307,276 persons residing in state and federal prisons in the same period (U. S. Dept. of Justice, 1981). From a purely numeric point of view, the insanity defense truly is "much ado about little" (Pasewark & Pasewark, 1982). The central importance of understanding these persons, however, is that they serve a symbolic function in justifying the imprisonment of the other 99%. The insanity defense, as Stone (1975) has noted, is "the exception that proves the rule. " By exculpating a relatively few people from being criminally responsible for their behavior, the law inculpates all other law violators as liable for social sanction.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook 107,09 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4899-0351-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 176,79 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-306-41151-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
Softcover 135,19 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4899-0353-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
Loading...

Services for this Book

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mentally Disordered Offenders
Book Subtitle
Perspectives from Law and Social Science
Editors
  • John Monahan
  • Henry J. Steadman
Series Title
Perspectives in Law & Psychology
Series Volume
6
Copyright
1983
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-0351-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-0351-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-41151-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-0353-2
Series ISSN
0160-4422
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 302
Topics