• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

“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 ...

The Cure That Kills
The cure that kills

We now turn our attention to a critical question that never had a chance to be raised in the Ford case: What happens when a death row inmate is actually found mentally incompetent for execution? The answer is that the criminal justice system again requests assistance from medical and mental health professionals. Clinicians are asked by the state to develop and furnish a treatment aimed solely at allowing the prisoner to be killed.1

When mental health professionals get involved in treating mentally incompetent death row inmates, the ethical problems encountered in rendering evaluations of competency to be executed, discussed in Chapters 6, are further compounded. Effective health care results not in well-being, but in death. If Ford had been ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles