Monitored conditional release of persons found not guilty by reason of insanity

Am J Psychiatry. 1991 Apr;148(4):444-8. doi: 10.1176/ajp.148.4.444.


This article reviews the recent literature documenting changes that have taken place in the management and treatment of insanity defense acquittees with the development of conditional release and monitored community treatment. The review demonstrates that conditional release is particularly important as a means of balancing the protection of society with the treatment of insanity defense acquittees in the least restrictive environment. The review also highlights the development of community programs based on treatment models for the chronically mentally ill. In addition, monitored community treatment programs appear cost-effective when compared with hospital-based programs. These factors point to the development in the 1990s of program standards for the release of insanity defense acquittees.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Civil Rights / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Community Mental Health Services
  • Criminal Law / trends*
  • Dangerous Behavior
  • Humans
  • Insanity Defense*
  • Mental Disorders / classification
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • United States