This week, you were provided with an in-depth examination of the insanity defense. Throughout your reading, you learned what is involved in determining if a defendant is NGRI or GBMI as well as the evolution of an insanity defense. Now, you will demonstrate your understanding of this topic by writing a paper that evaluates the insanity defense. Be sure your paper addresses the following:
- Explore the legal definition of insanity and psychology’s role in this definition.
- Discuss how frequently the insanity defense is used and how successful it is.
- Explain common beliefs about the insanity defense and their accuracy.
- Discuss some of the concerns or major criticisms about the insanity defense and the legitimacy to those concerns.
- Summarize any proposed reforms.
Support your assignment with at least two references from scholarly resources.
Length: 2-3 pages
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the text and supplemental sources. Your response should reflect graduate-level writing and APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.