The Use of Psychiatric Evaluations in the Determination of Sentencing

  • Alan R. Felthous
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 5)


Of all the issues in the criminal law that a forensic psychiatrist is likely to address, sentencing is surely one of the most understated. Compared with competency to stand trial and insanity, postconviction sentencing all but goes unnoticed as a phase of the criminal law process that includes psychiatric participation. And yet, psychiatric presentencing evaluations are presumably obtained with some degree of regularity. In the determination of sentencing, legal and clinical aims can complement and confound each other.


Death Penalty Criminal Justice System Psychiatric Evaluation Sentencing Process Appellate Court 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan R. Felthous
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Texas Medical Branch—GalvestonGalvestonUSA

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