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Between Punishment and Care: Autonomous Offenders Who Commit Crimes Under the Influence of Mental Disorder

Hartvigsson, Thomas (2021) 'Between Punishment and Care: Autonomous Offenders Who Commit Crimes Under the Influence of Mental Disorder.' Criminal Law and Philosophy. ISSN 1871-9791

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to present a solution to a problem that arises from the fact that people who commit crimes under the influence of serious mental disorders may still have a capacity to refuse treatment. Several ethicists have argued that the present legislation concerning involuntary treatment of people with mental disorder is discriminatory and should change to the effect that psychiatric patients can refuse care on the same grounds as patients in somatic care. However, people with mental disorders who have committed crimes and been exempted from criminal responsibility would then fall outside the scope of criminal justice as well as that of the psychiatric institutions if they were to refuse care. In this paper, I present and develop a solution to how society should deal with this group of people, called Advance criminal responsibility. The basic idea being that if a person with a potentially responsibility exempting psychiatric condition refuses care, that person is responsible for any future criminal acts which are due to the mental disorder.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2021 15:51
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2021 15:51
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31023

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