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Closing the “Gap” Between Competency and Commitment in Minnesota: ‚ÄčIdeas from National Standards and Practices in Other States

by Alexis Lee Watts

Jan 9, 2018

In Minnesota, a "gap" exists in the justice system for defendants with mental illness. Defendants in criminal cases are found incompetent to stand trial, yet do not meet the higher standard for civil commitment. Commitment is the only way to receive competency restoration treatment, so individuals who do not meet the standard are unable to resolve their criminal cases or to receive treatment. The Robina Institute conducted research see how other states address incompetency.