Severe Mental Illness & the Death Penalty

Visit the Tennessee Alliance for Severe Mental Illness Exclusion (TASMIE) website for more information on the growing coalition of states active in this policy area. If your state is not listed, please complete the form below.

View the Severe Mental Illness & the Death Penalty Course Corrections Document.

In December 2016, Equitas co-hosted a national convening on Severe Mental Illness & the Death Penalty at Georgetown University. Read more about the event here.

Visit our blog for more on the reasoning behind and practical goals of the Summit.


Selected Presentations from the 2016 event:

December 6, 2016

What Is Severe Mental Illness and How Is it Assessed by Mental Health Professionals?

Snapshot of the Severe Mental Illness Exemption Reform Efforts in 2017

Keynote Luncheon – Georgetown University Hotel: Taking Action on the National Consensus to End the Execution of Individuals with Severe Mental Illness. Videos feature:

  • Hilarie Bass, J.D., President-Elect, American Bar Association
  • Deanne Ottaviano, J.D., General Counsel, American Psychological Association
  • Ronald S. Honberg, J.D., National Director, Policy and Legal Affairs, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Litigating Capital Cases of Individuals with Severe Mental Illness

Legal Arguments for the Severe Mental Illness Exemption

Cross-Disability Considerations and Consequences in the Criminal Legal System

December 7, 2016

The Role of Mental Health Professionals in Death Penalty Cases

The Severe Mental Illness Reform Effort from the Advocates’ Perspective: Priorities, Challenges and Tips on How to Engage Effectively with the Mental Health Community


For more on Severe Mental Illness and the Death Penalty:

Review the Catholic News Agency’s report mentioning the Keynote Luncheon & National Summit.

View our compendium of resources here.