Executing the Mentally Ill: The Criminal Justice System and the Case of Alvin Ford

Executing the Mentally Ill: The Criminal Justice System and the Case of Alvin Ford

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“This book is an excellent primer on a subject that Americans are likely to debate for the foreseeable future.” --Bimonthly Review of Law Books Unlike every other western democracy in the world, capital punishment is an active part of the criminal justice system in the United States. By the end of 1992, 2,700 men and 41 women were living under the sentence of death in America. Executing the Mentally Ill examines the compelling case of Florida death-row inmate Alvin Ford, which led the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that executions of severely psychotic death-row inmates are in violation of the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. But how should mental illness be defined for purposes of exemption from execution? How should mental health ...

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