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The Criminal Commitment System

Its Structure and Components
  • David B. Wexler
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 4)

Abstract

While conducting the empirical inquiry into the administration of psychiatric justice in Arizona (which formed the basis of the preceding chapter) we learned, from an interview with a superior court judge, of the following interesting incident: A criminal defendant 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.

Keywords

Supra Note Equal Protection Civil Commitment Release Procedure Insanity Defense 
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Notes

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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

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

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