Also the competency evaluation helps with sentencing as criminals can be placed

Also the competency evaluation helps with sentencing

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Also, the competency evaluation helps with sentencing as criminals can be placed in mental institutions instead of prison. This is still tricky in a way because the defendant would still be unable to process everything that is going. A mental institution may provide a better resource for help versus sending the defendant to prison where there are less amounts of resources available. People who are incompetent do not deserve to go to prison. They should be rehabilitated, counselled, and helped. However, they should be taken off of the streets until the they have proven some form of rehabilitation. The bible tells us, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV). God promises that he will not leave us in our darkest hours, and that he will assist us through all things. Just as God is helping those who are mentally challenged; the criminal justice system should aim to do the same. References Costanzo, M., and Krauss, D. (2018). Forensic and Legal Psychology: Psychological Science Applied to Law, 3rd ed. Worth Publisher. ISBN: 9781319060312. Rogers, R., & Grandjean, N. (2000). Competency measures and Dusky standard: A conceptual mismatch. Biennial Conference of the American Psychology-Law Walker, M. (2015). How court-ordered competency evaluation work. Argus Leader. Retrieved from - competency-evaluations-work/75493920/
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Competency to stand trial is a concept that has allowed the postponement of numerous criminal proceedings in the U.S. The Dusky standards are for defendants who are considered unable to participate in their defense on account of mental or physical disorder. According to Zapt (2000), nearly 20 years ago there were an estimated 25,000 to 39,000 competency evaluations that were being conducted in the United States annually. That is, between 2% and 8% of all felony defendants are referred for competency evaluations. In 2004, the numbers rose to 50,000. In the modern day, there are approximately 60,000 defendants who are evaluated (Beltrani et al., 2015).
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