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Mental Illness on Death Row

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|Quick Facts                                                                                                                     |
|Mental illness is defined as "Any of various conditions characterized by impairment of an individual's normal cognitive,         |
|emotional, or behavioral functioning, and caused by social, psychological, biochemical, genetic, or other factors, such as       |
|infection or head trauma."                                                                                                       |
|Since 1983, over 60 people with mental illness or retardation have been executed in the United States.                           |
|It is conservatively estimated that 5-10% of death row inmates suffer from serious mental illness.                               |
|Research has shown that nearly all Death Row inmates suffer from brain damage due to illness or trauma, while a vast number have|
|also experienced histories of severe physical and/or sexual abuse.                                                               |
|Mental illness is not only a problem on Death Row. In 1998, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated that 283,000...

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