What Happens After a Finding of Not Guilty By Reason of Mental Illness

“The laws that govern the practice of committing people who are acquitted because of mental illness dictate that they be hospitalized until they’re deemed safe to release to the public, no matter how long that takes,” writes Mac McClelland. What that means, frequently, is a life sentence in a grim, prison-like institution determined by a series of doctors, not judges, for those who never have been convicted of a crime.

From The New York Times

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