Semester Hours:3Fall, Spring
This course will focus on high-profile cases where mental illness and criminal activity intersect. We will consider topics such as the legal standard of insanity and its relationship to the psychiatric definition of a particular mental illness; the standard for competence to stand trial; specialty courts (i.e., mental health and drug treatment courts); possible alternatives to incarceration; and legal issues associated with psychologically disturbed juvenile delinquents and with sex offenders.
Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes: May not be taken on a Pass/D+/D/Fail basis. Credit given for this course or CRM 187A, not both. (Formerly CRM 187A, Special Topics in Criminology: Mental Illness and Criminal Behavior.)