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Competency/ Insanity


A person is mentally competent to stand trial if he or she is able to understand the character and consequences of the proceedings against him or her and is able properly to assist in his or her defense; Defendant is presumed competent; examination and periodic review of competency to stand trial. R.I. Gen. Laws § 40.1.-5.3-3.



Special Rules



Increased penalty if defendant intentionally targeted victim due to disability (hate crime statute). R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-19-38.

Death Penalty

Rhode Island does not have the death penalty.