Criminal Commitment Contingency Structures
Approximately 5 years ago, while conducting an empirical inquiry into the administration of psychiatric justice in Arizona, we learned, from an interview with a superior court judge, of the following interesting incident: A criminal defendent in a rural county had been committed to the Arizona State Hospital as incompetent to stand trial (IST). After the defendant had been confined as IST for a few months, the superior court judge was visited by the County Board of Supervisors, who successfully urged the judge to dismiss the criminal charges and to recommit the patient pursuant to the civil commitment process.
KeywordsMental Hospital Prison Inmate Equal Protection Civil Commitment Release Procedure
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