Published Online: 1 October 1983
Page Count: 10
Research psychologist, John Umstead Hospital, Butner, NC
Director of forensic training, Mendota Mental Health Institute, Madison, WI
Research consultant, John Umstead Hospital, Butner, NC
(Received 17 December 1982; accepted 27 January 1983)
A total of 388 commitment hearings were observed and analyzed for demographic information on patients, name of judge, duration of hearing, identities of those present and those actually testifying, outcome of any procedural challenges, and concurrence of the judges with attorney and physician recommendations. Age, race. and gender of the patient were found to have no significant effect on the outcome of the cases. Disposition of the cases correlated with recommendations by physicians, witnesses, and state attorneys in an overwhelming number of cases. Possible harmful influences of plea-bargaining in commitment hearings are discussed.
Paper ID: JFS11589J