Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and the Death Penalty

By Matthew Ellis | Stories, articles, and resources discussing SMI and the death penalty.

No solace in executing mentally ill killers

As a family member who has suffered the death of a loved one to homicide, I support legislation in the Virginia General Assembly that would exclude …

Mental Health

YOURS: Death row no place for mentally ill

The Catholic Church celebrated “Respect Life Month” in October. Building a culture of life goes beyond this one month a year, or specific events or …

Justice

Cruel and Unusual

On the inaugural episode of <i>More Perfect</i>, we explore three little words embedded in the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: “cruel and unusual.” America has long wrestled with this concept in the context of our strongest punishment, the death penalty. A majority of “we the people” (61 percent, …

Prison

Faulty assumptions linking mental illness to violence is the wrong approach

Sadly, what has become an all-too-familiar heartbreaking tragedy has occurred yet again: another mass shooting. As the details unfold hour-by-hour in …

Mental Disorders

Court temporarily halts execution of inmate lawyers say is mentally ill

Jack Greene was scheduled to die Thursday for the 1991 execution of Sidney Burnett, who was beaten with a can of hominy, stabbed and shot

Judiciary

Editorial: Spare people with severe mental illness

American courts long have held that the death penalty is unjust for people who weren’t adults or were developmentally disabled when they committed …

ACLU wants Idaho to restrict death penalty - Wed, 18 Oct 2017 PST

A University of Idaho law professor and a group of advocates want to see Idaho pass rules that would prevent the mentally ill and juveniles from …

Judiciary

Letter: Protect the mentally ill from death penalty

We were very pleased to read the op-ed by Paula Caplan, “Executions of intellectually disabled continue,” which brings attention to the important …

Effective defence

PEOPLE with serious mental illnesses are among the most vulnerable defendants in the criminal justice system. They are at risk of being wrongfully …

Commentary: “It Is So Loud Inside My Head”

The words of a mentally ill man the state of Arkansas hopes to execute on November 9th<p>“It is so loud inside my head. It feels like electrical …

Lawyers, Doctors Ask Arkansas Governor To Stop Pending Execution

Mental health professionals, Bar Association ask governor for mercy for Jack Greene

Twenty-eight mental health professionals have written Gov. Asa Hutchinson for mercy for<b> Jack Greene</b>, scheduled to be killed by the state Nov. 9 for …

Mental Disorders

ABA letter expresses concern about execution of death-row inmate with mental-illness history

• Home<br>• Daily News<br>• ABA letter expresses concern about execution…<p>Death Penalty<p>Corridor in an abandoned penitentiary. Shutterstock photo.<p>The ABA is …

Experts' letter a bid to save life of Arkansas death-row inmate

A cadre of mental-health professionals, including 24 who practice in Arkansas, signed a letter delivered to Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday, …

Death Penalty Ban For People With Mental Illness

Indiana lawmakers Wednesday studied the potential of a move to prohibit the death penalty in cases where a defendant has a serious mental illness.<p>The …

Indiana lawmakers could make recommendations to change the state's death penalty law

In just a couple months, Indiana lawmakers could make recommendations to change the state's death penalty law.<p>The state of Indiana has executed …

Senate Judiciary Committee - Sep 11th, 2017

Death penalty is killing many vulnerable citizens

As Ohio conducted its first execution in more than three and a half years, Ronald Phillips, who was convicted of the murder of Sheila Marie Evans, …

Prosecutors Accept Life Plea by Severely Mentally Ill Man in Killing of Texas Sheriff's Deputy

Texas prosecutors have dropped their pursuit of the death penalty against a severely mentally ill capital defendant charged with what they …

Crime

Beacon Journal editorial board: Justice, mental illness and the death penalty

Indiana lawmakers consider changes to death penalty law

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — In just a couple months, lawmakers could make recommendations to change the state’s death penalty law.It goes back to a bill …

Justice

Limiting the reach of the death penalty

In a series of landmark cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has excluded certain groups from being eligible for the death penalty. Some of these exclusions …

'Is it justice, or is it vengeance?:' Indiana can't execute offenders right now. Does it need to?

The state of Indiana hasn’t executed an offender on death row in more than seven years. Between a court injunction and declining public support for …

Mental Illness and Capital Punishment: Potential Complications

<b>Commentary</b><p>The US Supreme Court has been slowly but steadily “chipping away” at the death penalty. Lee and Hall’s well-written article gives a …

The Death Penalty and Mental Illness: An Evolving Standard?

The use of the death penalty in the Americas dates to the 15th century when European settlers brought with them the practice of capital punishment. …

He’s a killer set to die. But his mental illness has set off a new death penalty battle.

Someone was trying to kill him. William C. Morva was certain of it.<p>He couldn’t breathe and he was withering away, he told his mother in a jailhouse call.<p>“Somebody wants me to die and I don’t know who it is,” he said. “They know my health is dwindling, okay?”<p>He sounded paranoid. His voice grew more …

Crime

Will Virginia Execute a Man Whose Crimes Were Driven by Delusions?

As Maria MacBain stepped onto the witness stand at the 2008 trial of William Morva, she felt a wave of intimidation. The historic courthouse building …

Crime

Not the worst of the worst, or why Ohio should spare from execution those with severe mental illness

Evelyn Lundberg Stratton recently reminded state lawmakers about the “evolving standards of decency” when it comes to the death penalty. The former …

Mental Disorders