National Alliance on Mental Illness Resolution

NAMI opposes the execution of persons with serious mental illness or those who are mentally disabled.    

"Despite constitutional protections, the death penalty is still sometimes applied to people with mental illness or mental disabilities, usually because they are unable to meet the burden of proof, or because of technicalities in state laws that implement the rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court." 

American Bar Association Mental Illness Resolution

American Bar Association Death Penalty Due Process Review Project December 2016 

"Individuals with severe mental disorders or disabilities – present either at the time a capital crime is committed or as they are facing execution – should not be subject to capital punishment."

American Psychological Association Resolution

The task force drafted a policy to state that the following groups of people should be excluded from capital punishment:

  • Offenders who have persistent mental disability or mental retardation that began before the offense. These individuals have significant limitations in both their intellectual functioning and behavior and include offenders with traumatic brain injury and dementia.
  • Defendants who, at the time of the offense, had a severe mental disorder such as schizophrenia.
  • Offenders who, once convicted and sentenced, become incompetent to be executed because of a mental disorder.