Latest and Greatest – Texas Criminal Procedure and the Offender with Mental Illness: An Analysis and Guide

By Brian D. Shannon & Daniel H. Benson NAMI Texas (2016) KFT 1766.6 .S52 2016

By Brian D. Shannon & Daniel H. Benson

NAMI Texas (2016)

KFT 1766.6 .S52 2016

First published as an educational tool, Texas Criminal Procedure and the Offender with Mental Illness: An Analysis and Guide informed those involved in the criminal justice system of the issues and obstacles faced by persons having a mental illness. Now in its fifth edition, this book, made possible through a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation, continues its mission of promoting justice for mentally-ill individuals by analyzing some of the key issues that arise in criminal cases. The authors devote much of the book to a general discussion of the standards and legislation concerning the competency to stand trial for both adult and juvenile defendants and in cases involving the death penalty. They also examine the insanity defense as it relates to both types of defendants while also looking at various proposals for reform. Lastly, the authors focus on post-conviction issues, such as community supervision, prison or jail mental health care, and completion of the criminal sentence. The book includes detailed and extensive analysis of the pertinent legislation as well as the actual text from the statutes.