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"Minding Justice" offers a comprehensive examination of the laws governing the punishment, detention and protection of people with mental disabilities. Using famous cases such as those of John Hinckley, Andrea Yates and Theodore Kaczynski, the book analyses the insanity defence and related doctrines, the role of mental disability in sentencing, the laws that authorise commitment of 'sexual predators' and others thought to be a threat to society, and the rules that restrict participation of mentally compromised individuals in the criminal and treatment decision-making processes. Arguing that current legal doctrines are based on flawed premises and ignorance of the impairments caused by mental disability, Christopher Slobogin makes a case for revamping the insanity defence, abolishing the 'guilty but mentally ill' verdict, prohibiting execution of people with mental disability, restructuring preventive detention, and redefining incompetency. A milestone in criminal mental health law, "Minding Justice" provides innovative solutions to ancient problems associated with criminal responsibility, protection of society from 'dangerous' individuals, and the state's authority to act paternalistically.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674022041
ISBN-10: 0674022041
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 29mm)
Pages: 396
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Christopher Slobogin

Christopher Slobogin is Stephen C. O'Connell Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Florida.

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