The mental condition of the criminal

Multiple lines of evidence pointing to the same conclusion. It refers to the collection and comparison of data or information from three difference sources or perspectives. One may ask: What is a degree of punishment? The degree of punishment is the extent to which a criminal is penalized. It is the harshness of the punishment allotted to a prisoner for the crime performed. What is mental state of a being? This is the mental condition that a person has. It is the state of mind of that the criminal. The mental state of a person varies from person to person. Some may be fortunate to have a stable and a good mental state while others may not and hence may lead to commit a crime.


This experiment is designed to investigate the relationship between the degree of punishment and the mental state of criminals. Thus, the degree of punishment is dependent on the mental condition of the criminal. This experiment will enable the court of law to make a wise judgment and to give justice to the criminal as it is against the human rights to penalize a mentally challenged criminal with a harsh punishment (the weaker the criminal's mental state, the less harsh the punishment given). Triangulation can be applied to this experiment as it is important for one to view this matter in three different ways in order to arrive at one precise and fair conclusion.

The three different ways that can be used to investigate the relationship between the degree of punishment and mental health of a criminal are: I. Case history (report) II. The psychiatrist's medical report III. Observational report a) CASE HISTORY (REPORT): This is a method in which the participant's background is considered. To perform this experiment, the experimenter has to go back in time. Hence, the criminal's past is going to be checked upon. The experimenter will get all the possible information about the criminal and about what he did previously. His police records will be part of the experiment's report. All the activities done by the criminal will be recorded and analyzed accordingly so that the judgment can be done without any biasness.

Some of the advantages of using case history report are: In relation to experimenter development:  Cases allow experimenters to learn by doing. They allow experimenters to step into the shoes of decision-makers in real organizations, and deal with the issues managers face, with no risk to themselves or the organization involved in this case into the shoes of the criminal. Case studies expose testers to a wide range of industries, organizations, functions and responsibility levels. This provides experimenters the flexibility and confidence to deal with a variety of tasks and responsibilities in their careers. It also helps students to make more informed decisions about their career choices.

 Cases improve the experimenter's ability to ask the right questions, in a given problem situation. Their ability to identify and understand the underlying problems rather than the symptoms of the problems is also enhanced.  Case studies reflect the reality of managerial decision-making in the real world, in that experimenters must make decisions based on insufficient information. Cases reflect the ambiguity and complexity that accompany most management issues.