Criminal Justice-COAS | Crime and Madness
P415 | 23927 | Deaton

Increasingly in the U.S., many of those with serious mental
illnesses end up in the criminal justice system. In this class, we
explore both how this happens and how we justify how this happens.
To do so, we look first at the symptoms of and treatments for major
mental illnesses. We next examine, in broad outline, key legal
issues, including civil commitment laws, competency hearings, and
the insanity defense.  We then read about empirical evaluations of
programs designed to prevent unnecessary incarceration for persons
suffering from major mental illnesses.  Finally, we consider in
detail several important judicial opinions, including several from
the United States Supreme Court, that set the legal parameters by
which we, as a society, try to differentiate between those who are
Amad@ and those who are Abad,@ as well as give guidance for how
persons affected by these laws should receive both adequate
treatment and adequate due process of law.

Readings for this course include the following:

Steele, Ken. The Day the Voices Stopped: A Schizophrenic's Journey
from Madness to Hope.

O=Malley, Suzanne. Are You There Alone: The Unspeakable Crime of
Andrea Yates

Supplemental readings that will be made available on OnCourse


Course requires two short papers and two take-home essay exams.
Both take-home exams will entail feedback consultations and

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Class Meeting:  2:30-5:00, Monday

Instructor:  Rodney Deaton, Criminal Justice Department