Defendants Incompetent to Stand Trial

  • Henry J. Steadman
  • Eliot Hartstone
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 6)


The inadequate state of empirical knowledge about the special offender populations analyzed in this book is epitomized by the research on defendants found incompetent to stand trial (IST). This group, which comprises about 32% of the admissions of mentally disordered offenders (Steadman et al., 1981), is the group for which the largest body of research exists. Yet, as we shall see in this chapter, even this is quite inadequate. It is inadequate in understanding: (1) how incompetency currently is working across various jurisdictions; (2) trends over time in the use of incompetency either within or across jurisdictions; and (3) how appropriate public policy, clinical practices, and legal statutes might be developed.


Criminal Justice System Mental Hospital Prison Sentence Recidivism Rate Defense Attorney 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry J. Steadman
    • 1
  • Eliot Hartstone
    • 2
  1. 1.Special Projects Research UnitNew York State Department of Mental HygieneAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.URSA InstituteSan FranciscoUSA

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