Guilty but mentally ill: the South Carolina experience

Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1988;16(1):41-8.


Thirty of the first 45 individuals to receive guilty but mentally ill (GBMI) verdicts in South Carolina were interviewed using a structured interview schedule for diagnosis. The relationship of diagnosis to pretrial evaluation and posttrial conviction treatment are discussed. No person received GBMI in a jury trial. Suggestions to improve the operation of the GBMI verdict are made, as well as a brief review of these data with data from other states.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Crime
  • Criminal Law*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Insanity Defense
  • Jurisprudence*
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Middle Aged
  • South Carolina