Part I: The NGRI Registry: initial analyses of data collected on Connecticut insanity
H. V. Zonana, J. A. Wells, M. A. Getz and J. Buchanan,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
18(2): 115-28, 1990.
The NGRI Registry is a comprehensive census database collected by the Law and Psychiatry
Division of the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. This
longitudinal database was compiled following a systematic search of all available docket books from
the superior courts and mental health records from the state hospitals in Connecticut beginning in
January 1970. Detailed life span information is available for 364 insanity acquittees identified during
the search. Comparative analyses with four other locales suggested that there were regional
differences in diagnoses of and crimes committed by the acquittees. These initial analyses
demonstrate the promise of this registry becoming one tool for collaborative research on issues
relevant to law and mental health.