Guilty Except for Insanity - Maddening Journeys Through an American Asylum

"Unfolds as a profound critique of institutional care tragically overtaken by the criminal justice system."


— Lynne Layton, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School



Director’s Questions and Answers

Director Jan Haaken takes up a series of questions at Portland Center Stage on ideas behind the making of Guilty Except for Insanity.

Image Gallery

The photo gallery looks behind the scenes of the making of the documentary and offers glimpses of some of the ideas, stories and characters.


A series of animation segments throughout the documentary tells an allegorical tale about a person in crisis, falling through a raggedy safety net and into the state psychiatric system. The segment is two minutes in length, including the narration.