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Unpublished Paper
Mental Illness, Police Power Interventions, and the Expressive Functions of Punishment
ExpressO (2012)
  • Robert F Schopp

The state exercises coercive force under the police power to protect the public order, security, and justice. When individuals who manifest significant psychological impairment harm or endanger others, police power interventions can involve several different institutional structures within the criminal justice system or the alternative institution of civil commitment. The analysis presented in this paper draws attention to the significance of the expressive functions of criminal punishment in selecting the most justified institutional structures for police power interventions intended to prevent impaired individuals from harming others. These functions arguably carry important implications for impaired individuals who harm or endanger others, for general categories of impaired individuals, for the public, and for the integrity of the process.

  • punishment,
  • expressive function,
  • mental illness
Publication Date
October 19, 2012
Citation Information
Robert F Schopp. "Mental Illness, Police Power Interventions, and the Expressive Functions of Punishment" ExpressO (2012)
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