The Administration of Psychiatric Justice

A Case Study
  • David B. Wexler
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 4)


As noted in Chapter 1, my students and I, during the 1970–71 academic year, conducted a case study of the administration of therapeutic justice in Arizona. Since at the time of the study that justice system was very much under the control of physicians and psychiatrists, the study was in essence one of “psychiatric justice,” and will be refered to as such. The year-long effort required extensive field work, which involved observing many commitment hearings in Phoenix (the state capitol, the state’s largest city, and the county seat of Maricopa County) and Tucson (the state’s second largest city and county seat of Pima County), examining court files, visiting the Arizona State Hospital and various county hospitals, and conducting interviews with physicians, lawyers, and judges in every Arizona county.


Rural County Civil Commitment Detention Facility County Jail Public Defender 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • David B. Wexler
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  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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