Evaluation for Capital Sentencing by Mark Cunningham

Evaluation for Capital Sentencing

byMark Cunningham

Paperback | September 10, 2010

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Forensic mental health assessment (FMHA) has grown into a specialization informed by research and professional guidelines. This series presents up-to-date information on the most important and frequently conducted forms of FMHA. The 19 topical volumes address best approaches to practice forparticular types of evaluation in the criminal, civil, and juvenile/family areas. Each volume contains a thorough discussion of the relevant legal and psychological concepts, followed by a step-by-step description of the assessment process from preparing for the evaluation to writing the report andtestifying in court.Volumes include the following helpful features:* Boxes that zero in on important information for use in evaluations* Tips for best practice and cautions against common pitfalls* Highlighting of relevant case law and statutes* Separate list of assessment tools for easy reference* Helpful gloassary of key terms for the particular topicIn making recommendations for best practice, authors consider empirical support, legal relevance, and consistency with ethical and professional standards. These volumes offer invaluable guidance for anyone involved in conducting or using forensic evaluations.This book addresses the evaluation of criminals for capital sentencing, and looks at the history and importance of this process, the legal standards and the procedure for applying this evaluation in court. Established empirical foundations from the behavioral, social, and medical sciences are thenpresented. Finally, the book provides a detailed "how-to" for practitioners, including information on data collection, interpretation, report writing and expert testimony.

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Mark Cunningham is Clinical and Forensic Psychologist in Private Practice in Dallas, Texas.
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Title:Evaluation for Capital SentencingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.51 × 8.15 × 0.67 inPublished:September 10, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195341554

ISBN - 13:9780195341553

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Foundation1. The legal context2. Forensic mental health concepts3. Empirical foundations and limitsApplication4. Preparation for the evaluation5. Data collection6. Interpretation7. Report writing and testimonyReferencesTests and Specialized ToolsCases and StatutesKey TermsIndexAbout the Author