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NCJ Number: 50373 Find in a Library
Title: NEW PATUXENT LEGISLATION
Journal: BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PSYCHIATRY AND THE LAW  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:(1977)  Pages:SYMPOSIUM ISSUE,P 256-267
Author(s): J R RAPPEPORT
Corporate Author: University of Pittsburgh
School of Law
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: LEGISLATION MODIFYING THE ROLE AND OPERATIONS OF THE PATUXENT INSTITUTION, A MARYLAND FACILITY FOR DANGEROUS OFFENDERS, IS REVIEWED.
Abstract: THE LEGISLATION WAS PASSED BY BOTH HOUSES OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE IN APRIL 1977 AND WAS SIGNED INTO LAW ON MAY 26, 1977. PREVIOUSLY, PATUXENT PROVIDED PSYCHIATRIC AND OTHER SERVICES TO INMATES WHO, HAVING BEEN DESIGNATED DEFECTIVE DELINQUENTS, WERE COMMITTED INVOLUNTARILY TO THE INSTITUTION TO SERVE INDETERMINATE SENTENCES. IN GENERAL, THE 1977 LEGISLATION ELIMINATED THE INDETERMINATE SENTENCE AND MADE PATUXENT A TREATMENT CENTER OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOR INMATES WHO WISHED TO VOLUNTEER FOR TREATMENT. ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CHANGE WAS THE CREATION OF A MANDATORY 25-YEAR NONPAROLABLE (EXCEPT BY PATUXENT) SENTENCE FOR THIRD-TIME VIOLENT OFFENDERS. THE LEGISLATION ALSO ELIMINATED THE 'DEFECTIVE DELINQUENT' DESIGNATION FOR PATUXENT INMATES. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LEGISLATIVE REVISIONS ARE CITED, AND A COPY OF THE FULLY REVISED STATE LAW GOVERNING THE OPERATION OF THE PATUXENT INSTITUTION IS PROVIDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Maryland; Patuxent Institution; State laws; Violent offenders
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