Competency to Stand Trial

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A competency evaluation focuses on an individual’s current mental health status and abilities. A sanity evaluation focuses on the individual’s state of mind at the time of the crime. It is highly recommended by researchers in this field that evaluations be conducted separately for sanity and competency and that sanity evaluations are not conducted on defendants who are incompetent. For this discussion, respond to the following:


  • Describe the process for determining whether a defendant is competent to stand trial.
  • Describe both the similarities and differences between competency to stand trial and determining insanity.

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Create a 1 page essay in APA format according to the instructions above. Use 2 scholarly sources for references. Be sure to utilize in-text citations.

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