Therapeutics for the Insane, Dilemmas for Therapists

  • Norman J. Finkel
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 8)


Therapists and therapy surround both the issue of insanity and the erstwhile insane defendant-turned-patient. The Therapeutic State, with its rehabilitative promise, sends its emissary the therapist to administer therapeutics. Whereas the Law has been reluctant to turn the insanity decision over to the medico-psychological specialist, and that reluctance has increased of late, the courts have showed no such hesitancy in turning the allegedly insane defendant or the NGRI acquittee over to the therapists for treatment. If the allegedly insane individual is not competent to stand trial, then the therapist is called in to make him so. If the defendant is found not guilty by reason of insanity, then the acquittee is typically incarcerated in the custody of psychiatry until cured. And when the mental health professional says so, the defendant-turned-patient is set free. Or so it has been until Hinckley fired.


Role Responsibility Capacity Responsibility Reasonable Care Release Decision Causal Responsibility 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman J. Finkel
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  1. 1.Georgetown UniversityUSA

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