Criminal Justice-COAS | Crime and Madness
P415 | 1630 | Dwyer

Increasingly in the U.S., many of those with serious mental
illnesses end up in the criminal justice system. In this class, we
explore how and why this happens.  To do so, we look first at the
symptoms of and treatments for major mental illnesses.  We next
examine key legal issues, including civil commitment laws,
competency hearings, and the insanity defense.  We read as well
about the ways in which the police, jails, and prisons handle
mentally ill individuals. Finally, we consider a range of programs
intended to improve responses to those designated both “mad”
and “bad.”

Possible readings for this course include the following:

Moorman, Margaret, My Sister’s Keeper:  Learning to Cope with a
Sibling’s Mental Illness.
Beam, Alexander. Gracefully Insane:  Life and Death Inside America’s
Premier Mental Hospital.
Ackerman, Marc, Essentials of Forensic Psychology Assessment
Resniak, Laurie, Evil or Ill?  Justifying the Insanity Defense.
Arrigo, Bruce, Punishing the Mentally Ill” A Critical Analysis of
Law and Psychiatry.
Wettstein, Robert (ed.), Treatment of Offenders with Mental
Disorders (excerpts).


Course requires 4-5 short papers, at least one of which much be
revised, plus two take-home essay exams.

For more information, contact

Class meeting:  M, 2:30-5:00, SY 137

Instructor:  Professor Ellen Dwyer, criminal justice department