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Criminal Justice and Mental Disorders

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Centennial Hall

When a person with a mental disorder is arrested, questions may arise about whether they knew right from wrong at the time of the crime (insanity defense), their understanding of their Miranda rights, their ability to understand the charges and procedures involved with court proceedings as well as to assist their attorney in their defense (competency to stand trial). They may further lack an appreciation of legal consequences. Similarly, juveniles with mental disorders may be disproportionately disciplined within their schools, setting the stage for increased future legal involvement. This panel will discuss issues of society’s expectations for acceptable behavior when mental illness is involved and what alternatives may be available to address the needs of individuals with mental disorders within the criminal justice and juvenile disciplinary systems. Travis County Judge Nancy Hohengarten, Austin Psychologist Dr. Stephen Thorne, and Texas Appleseed Attorney and Deputy Director Deborah Fowler are the distinguished panelists.

Dr. Ollie Seay
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Criminal Justice and Mental Disorders