The Involuntary Commitment and Treatment of Mentally Ill Persons
Humber, James M.
Social Science and Medicine, Part F: Medical Ethics. 1981 Dec; 15F(4): 143-150.
A case is made, based on appeal to moral principles, that only mentally ill persons who have violated criminal law may be involuntarily incarcerated/hospitalized and then only for a determinate time based on the nature of the criminal act. Furthermore, compulsory treatment is morally defensible, but it must be restricted to those committed persons judged incompetent to make an informed decision concerning treatment. The length of enforced treatment may not extend beyond the limit of the sentence, nor may those considered 'cured' be released early. (KIE abstract)
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