Evaluating Public Knowledge of the NCRMD Defence

Taylor, Melanie E. (2016) Evaluating Public Knowledge of the NCRMD Defence. Bachelor's thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder (NCRMD) defence is used when claims can be made that offenders are not responsible for their actions due to symptoms of a mental disorder. Bill C-14, now enacted in Canada, has implemented changes making it more difficult for NCRMD defendants to be released back into the public. This enactment appears to have been primarily due to public perceptions rather than actual knowledge of the defence. Thus it seems important to assess what members of the public actually know about the defence. To assess this, 127 participants completed a survey assessing their knowledge of the illnesses generally involved in the NCRMD defence, crimes committed, and punishments received. On average, only 31.6% of responses were answered within 20% of the factual statistics. Results suggest a general lack of knowledge about the defence and demonstrate why important changes should be based on factual information rather than public opinion.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12174
Item ID: 12174
Additional Information: “Includes bibliographical references (pages 27-28)”
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Arts and Social Science > Psychology
Grenfell Campus > School of Arts and Social Science
Date: 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Insanity defense--Public opinion; Criminal liability--Psychological aspects

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