Public Attitudes and Perceptions toward the NCRMD Defense

Power, Jordan P. (2015) Public Attitudes and Perceptions toward the NCRMD Defense. Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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In Canada today, a person who performs an illegal act that is deemed to be the result of a mental illness is eligible for the not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder (NCRMD) defense. This defense can remove the blame and responsibility from an individual for an act that would otherwise be considered criminal. The present study examines possible factors that may influence people’s opinions on the defense and the treatment of mentally ill offenders in general. A sample of 257 participants (190 women, 38 men, 29 gender unknown) with ages ranging from 18-73 (M = 26.59, SD = 12.59) completed an online survey that assessed attitudes, opinions, and knowledge of mental illness, mentally ill offenders, and the NCRMD defense. Results showed that several factors were related to how positive or negative participants considered the defense to be, including experience with mental illness or the justice system and knowledge of schizophrenia or the sentences associated with the NCRMD defense. Findings suggest education is important in attaining more positive views of mentally ill offenders and the NCRMD defense.

Item Type: Other
Item ID: 12187
Additional Information: “Includes bibliographical references (pages 37-39)”
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Arts and Social Science > Psychology
Grenfell Campus > School of Arts and Social Science
Date: 2015
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Insanity defense--Public opinion; Criminal liability--Psychological aspects

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