Defendants Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

  • Henry J. Steadman
  • Jeraldine Braff
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 6)


In 1974, discussing the state of empirical data available in the United States on the criminally insane we said:

In the research literature on the mechanisms that process the criminally insane... there are some consistencies such as recidivism rate comparisons.... However, such consistencies and even studies that allow such comparisons do not dominate the area. Rather, non-cumulative studies, which barely begin to meet the needs in these problem areas, are the norm. Unfortunately, even less adequate data is available on the personal characteristics of those people who pass through these processing points. (Steadman & Cocozza, 1974, p. 38)


Recidivism Rate Mental Patient Criminal Charge Civil Commitment Insanity Defense 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry J. Steadman
    • 1
  • Jeraldine Braff
    • 1
  1. 1.Special Projects Research UnitNew York State Department of Mental HygieneAlbanyUSA

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