CRJ 308 WEEK 2 ASSIGNMENT

CRJ 308 WEEK 2 ASSIGNMENT - 1 RUUNINGHEAD:MENTALLYILNESS...

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1 RUUNING HEAD: MENTALLY ILNESS MENTALLY ILNESS LEVURIS J. SMITH CRJ 308 INSTRUCTOR BETH HUMM JULY 4, 2011
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2 MENTALLY ILLNESS . Mental illness disorder in many different instances is chosen as a defence in several criminal trails. The accused of the crime is presumed innocent until proven otherwise in the court of law where they defend themselves of the crime and claim they are mentally ill affected. Nevertheless, several people in society could engage in criminal activities with the mind-set of a having a mental illness or substance abuse disorder. Drugs and substance abuse is also common among most criminals. In further analysis of the context in this article describing key components, examining the finding, and evaluate the contribution related to criminal behavior will enlighten us on the effects mental illness and substance abuse in criminal behavior. The article Effects of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Abuse on Criminal Offenses was a very interesting article and it also brought up some interesting facts. It talks about people who have a mental illness are overrepresented in jails and prisons. In the article it says that these people with these mental illnesses need treatment and not punishment and I think that is so true. I feel that if they would have given these guys some treatment when they were out on the streets, they wouldn’t be in prison. There was a study done to determine the effects of serious mental illness and substance abuse on the criminal offenses of a group of community residents with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. The researchers used community residents that had already been part of a research done
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