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NCJ Number: 119525 Find in a Library
Title: Conformance to Attorney Performance Standards: Advocacy Behavior in a Maximum Security Prison Hospital
Journal: Law and Human Behavior  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:217-230
Author(s): N Leavitt; P Maykuth
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Legal representation of clients facing involuntary commitment to a maximum security hospital was investigated.
Abstract: Eighty-nine hearings over a 5-week period were observed immediately after the implementation of the Attorney Performance Standards which define minimum requirements for adequate representation. Ten participating attorneys reported their preparation of each case, and a measure of advocacy was derived. Generally, attorneys participated in all required activities that could be accomplished in a single preparatory visit to the hospital. The level of advocacy for clients facing civil commitment was compared to advocacy for clients facing criminal commitment. The results indicated that the level of advocacy for civil clients was significantly lower than for criminal clients. Results are discussed in terms of the degree of dangerousness of civil clients, the effects of deinstitutionalization, and emerging social policy. 22 references, 3 tables. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Civil commitment; Offender advocates
Index Term(s): Attorney competence; Mental health services; Mentally ill offenders
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