A national survey conducted in 2014 found that 58 percent of respondents opposed the death penalty for persons with mental illness; only 28 percent favored it. Opposition cut across party lines, with a majority of Democrats (62 percent), Republicans (59 percent) and independents (51 percent) all indicating they did not support capital punishment for the mentally ill.
Hannegan introduces bill to exempt individuals with serious mental illness from the death penalty
Missouri House Rep. Tom Hannegan (R) introduced a bill Tuesday to exclude individuals with serious mental illness from the death penalty. Like Indiana Republican Gov. Joe Kernan, Rep. Hannegan believes current law must change.
Exclude mentally ill vets from death penalty
Though extremely rare, a veteran suffering from his or her invisible wounds, aggravated by additional severe mental illnesses, can commit a terrible crime subject to the death penalty. Some of the 300 veterans sitting on death rows across the nation suffer from a combination of these illnesses, while others have already been executed
States consider barring death penalty for severely mentally ill
Upset that people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders have been put to death after murder convictions, lawmakers in a handful of states want to bar the use of the death penalty for people with a serious mental illness.