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NCJ Number: 63215 Find in a Library
Title: CALIFORNIA - PUBLIC HEARING ON HOUSE RESOLUTION 88 (1973-74) - SELECT COMMITTEE ON MENTALLY DISORDERED CRIMINAL OFFENDERS, MARCH 26, 1974
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: California Assembly
Select Cmtte on Mentally Disordered Criminal Offenders
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 88
Sponsoring Agency: California Assembly
Sacramento, CA 95814
California Joint Publications
Sacramento, CA 94249
Publication Number: NO 689
Sale Source: California Joint Publications
State Capitol
Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: TESTIMONY BEFORE CALIFORNIA'S SELECT COMMITTEE ON MENTALLY DISORDERED CRIMINAL OFFENDERS DEALS WITH THE NEED FOR LEGISLATION TO DELINEATE MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT FOR OFFENDERS.
Abstract: THE REPORTED TESTIMONY IS GIVEN AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF THE 1969 PASSAGE OF THE LANTERMAN-PETRIS-SHORT ACT (L-P-S), WHICH LIMITS INVOLUNTARY MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT TO PERSONS DIAGNOSED AS DANGEROUS TO SELF AND OTHERS OR GRAVELY DISABLED. IN THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN'S INTRODUCTION, HE INDICATES THAT IN THE 4 YEARS SINCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF L-P-S, THE FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENTS HAVE OCCURRED, SUGGESTING THE NEED FOR FURTHER LEGISLATIVE STUDY: (1) NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF ALL MENTALLY ILL PATIENTS IN STATE HOSPITALS ARE CRIMINAL OFFENDERS JUDICIALLY COMMITTED UNDER THE PENAL CODE, COMPARED TO 12 PERCENT IN 1969; (2) COURTS RECENTLY HAVE HELD THAT PERSONS JUDGED MENTALLY INCOMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL CAN NO LONGER BE INDETERMINATELY COMMITTED TO STATE MENTAL HOSPITALS IF THEY ARE UNLIKELY TO RECOVER WITHIN A REASONABLE PERIOD OF TIME; (3) L-P-S LIMITS INVOLUNTARY TREATMENT WITHOUT REFERENCE TO A PERSON'S LEGAL STATUS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM; AND (4) THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HAD DECIDED TO PLACE PENAL CODE COMMITMENTS IN TWO PARTICULAR STATE HOSPITALS. TESTIMONY IS PRESENTED BY VARIOUS PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED WITH L-P-S AND THE MENTALLY DISORDERED CRIMINAL OFFENDER. THE TESTIMONY DEALS WITH THE LIMITED ABILITY OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO PREDICT DANGEROUSNESS AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS FOR THE LEGAL PARAMETERS FOR INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT. TESTIMONY ALSO DEALS WITH THE NEED TO HAVE LIMITED INVOLUNTARY TREATMENT OF NONDANGEROUS MENTALLY ILL OFFENDERS IN LIEU OF PENAL INSTITUTIONALIZATION. (RCB)
Index Term(s): California; Dangerousness; Hearings; Involuntary treatment; Mentally ill offenders; Prediction; Violent offenders
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