insanity, drug, narcotic, addict, eighth amendment, cruel and unusual punishment, status act


This article addresses questions of criminal responsibility of drug addicts in light of Robinson v. California, holding criminal sanctions for a status of drug addiction to be unconstitutional under the eighth amendment. The article evaluates key court cases relating the insanity defense, and argues that in cases where addicts commit criminal acts as a result of drug addictions, the addict should not suffer criminal penalties but should instead be treated through rehabilitation facilities or other methods.

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