An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., August 1986. I thank Patricia Griffin Heilbrun for her comments on an earlier draft of this paper.
The assessment of competency for execution: An overview
Article first published online: 21 APR 2006
Copyright © 1987 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Volume 5, Issue 4, pages 383–396, Autumn (Fall) 1987
How to Cite
Heilbrun, K. S. (1987), The assessment of competency for execution: An overview. Behav. Sci. Law, 5: 383–396. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2370050403
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2006
Competency for execution is a legal competency that is an integral part of the capital punishment process in the United States. With the rapidly increasing population under death sentence, the issue of competency for execution is likely to be raised with increasing frequency in the coming years. This creates some compelling ethical issues for the mental health professions. The questions of whether mental health professionals should provide assessment of competency for execution and, if so, how the assessment should be performed, are issues of immediate urgency.