original carla ghost (ugly_kitties) wrote in little_details,
original carla ghost

Guilty But Mentally Ill: What happens to them?

I've been googling hard for a bit now, but the google train stopped at the GBMI sentence/verdict. What happens to criminals who plead GBMI, and who are sentenced with it? The character in question has childhood-onset schizophrenia (as far as I know, the most intense form of schizophrenia), is incompetent to stand trial at the time of his arrest, and has been off his medication for at least two years due to being a runaway. He's convicted of several counts of murder one and a couple counts of manslaughter--there's no way he's getting out of this.

The problem is, what is "this?" Is he sentenced and sent to prison, where he will likely receive little to no psychiatric care, and languish? Will he be sent to a state psychiatric ward, if such things still exist, and if so, does he stay there to the end of his sentence? Are GBMI criminals moved between prisons/wards like other, "regular" prisoners?

I'm sorry I have so many questions, it's just that it's been tough going trying to get this information. I even called the DA's office, to no avail. (This takes place in NY state, by the way. Write what you know, they say... blegh.)

Thank you in advance!

(x-posted on the nano plot realism subforum)

edit: I'm sorry for all the obnoxious bolding, I just thought it might make my post a little clearer for those who are skimming it.

edit the second: This takes place in the 21st century. Specifically, the arrest is made in 2005.
Tags: usa: new york (misc), ~psychology & psychiatry (misc)

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