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The mind on trial: mental illness and capital punishment in America's highest execution state

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Mentally ill and intellectually disabled capital defendants are regularly sentenced to death in Texas, America’s highest execution state. Psycho-legal scholars argue that the reason for this phenomenon is that Texas courts rely on out-dated clinical criteria and stereotypes without scientific foundation in their mental incapacity evaluations. While existing literature offers significant insights regarding the treatment of mentally incapacitated capital defendants in this and other US juris...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Law
Sub department:
Centre for Criminology
Oxford college:
Exeter College
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Programme:
Economic and Social Research Council +3 doctoral studentship
Grant:
1500775
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Programme:
Amelia Jackson Senior Studentship
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n/a
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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