Criminal Insanity - InfoBarrel



Criminal insanity is a form of personal defense. It is important to understand that legal definitions of criminal insanity often have very little to do with psychological or psychiatric understandings of mental illness. Legal criminal insanity is a concept developed over time to meet the needs of the judicial system in assigning guilt or innocence to particular defendants. It is not primarily concerned with treatment, as is the idea of mental illness in psychiatry. Medical conceptions of mental illness do not always fit well into the legal categories created to deal with the phenomenon. This difference has led to civil rig