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
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
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