The mentally ill offender treatment and crime reduction act of 2004

Problems and prospects

Christine M. Litschge, Michael George Vaughn

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Abstract

As the United States has engaged in record levels of incarceration, there has been a concomitant rise in the number of persons incarcerated afflicted with severe mental illness (SMI) including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Legislation aimed at diverting SMI persons away from incarceration and toward treatment has been recently developed. This paper reviews the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004 (MIOTCRA), and the potential of outpatient commitment laws to work in tandem with the experimental mental health courts program the MIOTCRA of 2004 helped to create.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-558
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 2

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Mentally Ill Persons
Crime
Commitment of Mentally Ill
Legislation
Bipolar Disorder
Schizophrenia
Mental Health
Therapeutics
Depression

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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In: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, Vol. 20, No. 4, 02.12.2009, p. 542-558.

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