Mental Illness and the Death Penalty - 1

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Last month, two death row inmates had their sentences changed to life without parole after authorities confirmed each suffers from severe mental illness. In Oregon, Robert James Acremant had his sentence changed after state experts confirmed his diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. (He still faces a death sentence in California on another charge.)

In North Carolina, Isaac Stroud no longer faces capital punishment after being held to suffer from a severe mental disability that the court found made him incapable of assisting with his own defense. (No specific psychological diagnosis was provided.)

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