The Transfer of Inmates to Mental Health Facilities

Developments in the Law
  • Michael J. Churgin
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 6)


Issues concerning the rights of persons confined under state authority have been the subject of increasing litigation during the past two decades. Prisoners and mental hospital patients have sought relief from the judiciary for perceived constitutional errors in the manner of confinement and the actual treatment in the institutions. Usually, prisoner and mental health cases are treated separately, each with its own developing body of law. However, there is at least one area of concern that crosses the boundaries: the transfer of an inmate from a correctional facility to a mental health facility.


Mental Hospital Correctional Facility District Court Mental Health Facility Civil Commitment 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Churgin
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  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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