Attorneys and Mental Health Professionals: Examining Attitudes Toward the Insanity Defense

Kareem L. Jordan, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
David L. Myers, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The purpose of this study is to examine variables that predict levels of support for the insanity defense. A self-administered survey was completed by 107 respondents, consisting of assistant district attorneys, public defenders, and mental health professionals in an urban area of Pennsylvania. This paper will reveal findings on the variables that directly predict attitudes toward the insanity defense, as well as the results of models that examine interactions between these variables.

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