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Forensic Mental Health Assessments in Death Penalty Cases
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Forensic Mental Health Assessments in Death Penalty Cases

David DeMatteo, Daniel C. Murrie, Natalie M. Anumba, and Michael E. Keesler

Abstract

The continuing development of forensic psychology and psychiatry, combined with several recent decisions from the United States Supreme Court addressing various aspects of the death penalty, has increased the number of forensic mental health assessments conducted in death penalty cases. Forensic mental health professionals are now conducting assessments at every stage of death penalty proceedings, ranging from pre-trial evaluations to determine eligibility for the death penalty to evaluations conducted post-sentencing closer to the date of the execution. Yet there are surprisingly few comprehe ... More

Keywords: death penalty, capital punishment, forensic mental health assessment, forensic psychology, mitigation, risk assessment, sentencing, competence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195385809
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385809.001.0001

Authors

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David DeMatteo, author
Drexel University
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Daniel C. Murrie, author
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Natalie M. Anumba, author
Drexel University
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