Judge Kron Involuntary Commitment Case Study

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To assess why Judge Kron would decide to release David instead of involuntarily committing David into a mental hospital, the purpose of civil commitment and the six criteria for involuntary commitment must be discussed. The purpose of civil commitment is preventative, specifically to prevent a crime occurring because of bad behaviors and assessing whether those bad behaviors stem from a mental disorder. The standard of proof for civil commitment is clear and convincing evidence (75% accuracy/confidence). The six criteria for involuntary commitment, in Maryland, are: opportunity to sign a voluntary admission (assent to treatment), the person is a danger to self or others, the person suffers from a mental illness, the least restrictive alternative

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