Homicide and dementia: An investigation of legal, ethical, and clinical factors of Australian legal cases [2020]

• Increasing numbers of criminal cases where accused may have dementia.

• Need for expert witnesses with experience in diagnosing dementia in criminal courts.

• Current sentencing guidelines do not accommodate progressive cognitive impairment.

• Individuals with dementia are unfit for punishment but may be detained under punitive conditions.

• Need for more appropriate placements for offenders with dementia.

Amee Baird, Jeanette Kennett, Elizabeth Schier
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Volume 71, July–August 2020