Mental health professionals participate as experts in as many as a million cases a year, a level of participation that’s likely to increase.
*What are the driving forces at work that encourage these forensic activities?
*Identify a capital offense involving a defendant claiming mental illness that was not included in the textbook.
*What steps would you take if asked to complete a capital sentencing/mitigation evaluation?
*What areas would you assess for mitigation and risk?
*What factors would you rely on in your evaluations to support sentencing conclusions?
*Discuss the possibility of faking psychiatric symptoms in order to be declared not guilty by reason of insanity.
*What, if anything, would you do differently if the defendant was a juvenile claiming mental illness rather than an adult?
*How would you characterize the recidivism rate for defendants found “not guilty by reason of insanity” as compared to “regular” felons?