Asked by Betsy Sanchez on Feb 18, 2024

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Which of the following is true about the verdict of "guilty but mentally ill"?

A) It has been adopted by some states as an alternative to the verdict of "not guilty by reason of insanity."
B) Defendants convicted under this standard serve their entire sentence in mental institutions.
C) Defendants convicted under this standard serve their sentence in a mental institution until it is determined that they are no longer mentally ill; then they finish their sentence in prison.
D) Defendants convicted under this standard are given the option of either going to jail, or receiving treatment for their mental illness.

Insanity Defense

Defense used by people accused of a crime in which they state that they cannot be held responsible for their illegal acts because they were mentally incapacitated at the time of the act.

  • The verdict of "guilty but mentally ill" has been adopted by some states as an alternative to the verdict of "not guilty by reason of insanity."
  • Defendants convicted under this standard may serve their entire sentence in mental institutions.
  • Defendants convicted under this standard may serve their sentence in a mental institution until it is determined that they are no longer mentally ill; then they may finish their sentence in prison.
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Uplav Bhandari

Feb 18, 2024

Final Answer :
A
Explanation :
The verdict of "guilty but mentally ill" allows for a defendant to be found guilty while also recognizing their mental illness. This verdict acknowledges the defendant's criminal responsibility despite their mental health issues, differing from "not guilty by reason of insanity," which absolves the defendant of legal responsibility due to their mental state.