Civil Commitment and the Mentally Ill
Write a – three to five page informative paper on the following issues related to civil commitment of mentally ill individuals:
- What are the insanity statutes being used in Florida?
- How often the insanity defense is used and how successful is it?
- Identify and discuss the major criticisms of the insanity defense.
- Should the psychologist provide an ultimate opinion in sanity cases? Explain and support your reasons with use of outside sources as well as provide the ethical issues which are raised.
- When a mentally ill person is not seen as insane and is subsequently convicted of their charges and incarcerated, what are some of the difficulties in providing appropriate psychological treatment for these offenders while they are incarcerated?
Be sure to support your answers with material from the reading and/ outside research.
- The paper should contain a cover page and a list of references in APA format.
- All internal citation of outside sources plus the listing of all references should also adhere to APA format.