Why Wait Until the Crime Happens? Providing for the Involuntary Commitment of Dangerous Individuals Without Requiring a Showing of Mental Illness

27 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2011 Last revised: 25 Apr 2014

Date Written: January 18, 2011

Abstract

This article proposes that law enforcement should be provided with the authority to involuntarily commit individuals on the basis that they are reasonably likely to engage in an immediate act of violence. It does not require, as most statutes do, a showing of mental illness. A Model Statute is included.

Keywords: Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights

JEL Classification: H51

Suggested Citation

Lamparello, Adam, Why Wait Until the Crime Happens? Providing for the Involuntary Commitment of Dangerous Individuals Without Requiring a Showing of Mental Illness (January 18, 2011). Seton Hall Law Review, Vol. 41, No. 875, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1742933
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