- Published: June 5, 2015
Whether a patient has schizophrenia cannot be scientifically confirmed, which makes it especially difficult to determine if a patient truly is suffering from the ailment. Because the judicial system would rather have a guilty man free than an innocent man incarcerated, it is important to distinguish whether or not a violator has acted as a result of a brain he no longer controls or a licentious, but healthy, individual looking for a convenient excuse. When such a case reaches trial, it is important to determine if the offender truly has schizophrenia. A record of the individual’s personal history should be gathered, either through witness testimonies from family and friends, of the patient-in-question’s mannerisms. The judge and jury should look for antisocial behaviors and delusions. Until research can determine conclusively whether or not someone suffers from this disease, the best that can be done is look at the known symptoms and determine if the symptoms match with the disease. This is a particularly tricky situation that should be handled on a case-by-case basis.
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