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NACDL Meeting & Seminar: Decoding & Litigating Mental Health Issues – October 24-27

NACDL's 2018 Fall Meeting & Seminar,"Decoding & Litigating Mental Health Issues" will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, GA, October 24-27, 2018. Experts estimate that between 55 and 75% of all incarcerated people suffer…
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Before Son’s Gruesome Crime, She Turned to State’s Mental Health System. It Didn’t Help – The Miami Herald

This exposé from The Miami Herald tells the story of Della Wright's struggle with her son's substance abuse problems and severe schizophrenia. Read more.   Photo by Nevin Ruttanaboonta on Unsplash.
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Insanity Defense: What Does It Mean for Austin Harrouff’s Case? – WPTV

Attorneys for Austin Harrouff, who was caught eating the flesh of one of his victims when law enforcement arrived on the scene, have filed notice that they will be relying on an insanity defense in his trial. Read more.
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When ‘Not Guilty’ is a Life Sentence – The New York Times

This piece from The New York Times discusses how some defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) end up serving a de facto life sentence in a state psychiatric hospital. Read more.
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He Defended the Woman Who Drowned Her Five Children — Then Dedicated His Life to Making Sure It Never Happens Again – Narratively

George Parnham represented Andrea Yates, who was charged with drowning her five children. Yates was ultimately found not guilty by reason of insanity, primarily due to her severe case of postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Since…
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Malheur County Murder Suspect Feigned Insanity for 20 Years to Avoid Prison – The Malheur Enterprise

After 20 years in a state hospital in Oregon, a murder suspect has finally admitted that he was pretending to be mentally ill to avoid prison time. No longer adjudicated mentally ill, Tony Montwheeler was released, despite professionals' warnings. Now,…
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John Hinckley Left the Mental Hospital Seven Months Ago – New York Magazine

In 1982, John Hinckley was tried for an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. On June 21, a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity and Hinckley was confined to a psychiatric care institution until his release in 2016, when…