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Disposition of insanity acquittees in Illinois.
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PMID:  3365475     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Little attention has been paid to the processing of insanity acquittees subsequent to criminal trial. This study first obtained descriptive data on new insanity acquittees (N = 137) in Illinois between January 1982 and July 1984 and then examined the criminal commitment criteria used by evaluating psychiatrists and criminal courts in the disposition of insanity acquittees. Acquittees in Illinois were largely male, chronic schizophrenics who had been acquitted for murder or attempted murder. Judges tended to use criminal criteria that were more demanding than those which had been recommended by psychiatrists. Stepwise discriminant analyses revealed that psychiatric diagnosis was the most influential factor in determining psychiatrists' recommendations and court dispositions. Psychiatrists and committing judges failed to comply with the requirements of the committment law in one quarter of the cases.
R M Wettstein; E P Mulvey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0091-634X     ISO Abbreviation:  Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Publication Date:  1988  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-06-13     Completed Date:  1988-06-13     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503424     Medline TA:  Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  11-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, PA 15213.
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MeSH Terms
Commitment of Mentally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence
Forensic Psychiatry*
Insanity Defense*
Middle Aged
Schizophrenia / therapy

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