The Mentally Ill and the Criminal Justice System.
Three semester hours.
This course will explore the many ways in which the mentally ill may have contact with the criminal justice system. This course will discuss the way in which mental illness is diagnosed and address the way in which the police, courts and corrections deal with mentally ill offenders. Topics may include: diversion of mentally ill offenders, competency, the insanity defense, the use of expert psychiatric testimony, mental health courts, the concept of prisons and jails as the new asylums, and correctional and community treatment programs.
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