Forensic Mental Health Assessments in Death Penalty Cases

Hardcover | April 12, 2011

byDavid DeMatteo, Daniel C. Murrie, Natalie M. Anumba

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Forensic mental health assessments in death penalty cases are on the rise due in part to the continuing growth of forensic psychology and psychiatry as professions, combined with several recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Forensic mental health professionals are now conducting assessments atevery stage of death penalty proceedings, ranging from pre-trial evaluations to determine eligibility for the death penalty to evaluations conducted post-sentencing and closer to the date of execution. Yet there are surprisingly few comprehensive resources available for students interested in deathpenalty assessments, clinicians who conduct those assessments, and attorneys who work with forensic mental health professionals. Forensic Mental Health Assessments in Death Penalty Cases fills this gap in the literature, providing an essential road map to the field for students and practitioners. Well-written and comprehensive, this book integrates the most up-to-date research with best practice recommendations, yielding asolid foundation of information related to capital punishment, death penalty litigation, and the role of forensic mental health professionals in death penalty cases. Vivid descriptions of influential court cases, a discussion of ethical considerations, guidance on conducting various types offorensic mental health assessments, and sample forensic reports illustrating best practices make up this important work. Current case law is covered in detail, alongside an important discussion of what remains unknown and directions for future research. This book is essential reading for studentsand professionals in the fields of mental health, criminal justice, and law, as well as for forensic practitioners who may not be familiar with the special requirements of death penalty cases. It is also an important resource for attorneys who work with forensic mental health professionals.

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Forensic mental health assessments in death penalty cases are on the rise due in part to the continuing growth of forensic psychology and psychiatry as professions, combined with several recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Forensic mental health professionals are now conducting assessments atevery stage of death penalty proceedings, r...

David DeMatteo, J.D., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Drexel University, and Co-Director of Drexel's JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology. Daniel C. Murrie, Ph.D., works as Director of Psychology at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Ne...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 12, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195385802

ISBN - 13:9780195385809

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Overview of Forensic Mental Health Assessments in Death Penalty Cases2. Death Penalty Litigation3. Death Penalty Jurisprudence4. Ethical Considerations in Death Penalty Assessments5. Eligibility for the Death Penalty - Part 1: Atkins-type Evaluations6. Eligibility for the Death Penalty - Part 2: Competence for Execution Evaluations7. Evaluations Addressing Mitigation in Capital Sentencing8. Evaluations of Violence Risk in Capital Sentencing9. Conducting Forensic Mental Health Assessments in Death Penalty Cases10. Forensic Mental Health Assessments in Death Penalty Cases: Sample ReportsReferences

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"This book is a wonderful addition to the body of knowledge in capital case evaluations, presenting both legal and mental health information in depth and in a nuanced, thoughtful manner. The chapters on Atkins-type evaluations, mitigation evaluations, and the specifics of forensic assessmentsin capital cases are excellent guides for evaluators. For mental health professionals and attorneys who work in death penalty cases, this book is an indispensible resource." --Stanley L. Brodsky, Ph.D., The University of Alabama