Executing the Mentally Ill: The Criminal Justice System and the Case of Alvin Ford

Executing the Mentally Ill: The Criminal Justice System and the Case of Alvin Ford

by Kent Miller, Michael L. Radelet
     
 

Based on the case of Alvin Ford, an American death row inmate, this thought-provoking book focuses on the issues raised when the criminal justice system attempts to apply the death penalty to the mentally impaired.

Issues addressed include: the definition of mental illness for the purposes of exemption from execution; the evaluation of competence for

Overview

Based on the case of Alvin Ford, an American death row inmate, this thought-provoking book focuses on the issues raised when the criminal justice system attempts to apply the death penalty to the mentally impaired.

Issues addressed include: the definition of mental illness for the purposes of exemption from execution; the evaluation of competence for execution by mental health professionals; the consequences of disagreements among health professionals about a defendant's mental status; and the fate of prisoners who are exempted. Ford's unique case leads the authors to examine more general issues such as the involvement of health professionals in modern capital sentencing, as well as the administration of the death penalty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803951495
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
07/07/1993
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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