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(p. 146) Capital Sentencing, Atkins-Type Evaluations 

(p. 146) Capital Sentencing, Atkins-Type Evaluations
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(p. 146) Capital Sentencing, Atkins-Type Evaluations
Author(s):

Kirk Heilbrun

, David DeMatteo

, Stephanie Brooks Holliday

, and Casey LaDuke

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199941551.003.0008
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date: 23 January 2021

Chapter 8 again discusses capital sentencing, and focuses on Atkins-type evaluations. In the case of Atkins v. Virginia (2002), the United States Supreme Court effectively prohibited the execution of individuals with mental retardation by deciding that doing so violated the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Given the potential consequences of an Atkins-type capital sentencing evaluation, it is especially important to ensure assessment procedures are conducted in a competent, reliable, and valid manner.

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