A new pretrial screening program

Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1983;11(3):239-48.


Pretrial screening of defendants for competency to stand trial and responsibility at the time of the crime reduces unnecessary hospitalization. It can be developed on a statewide basis at little cost, resulting in great savings. Such programs should be established in every state.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Female
  • Forensic Psychiatry / methods*
  • Humans
  • Insanity Defense
  • Male
  • Maryland
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Referral and Consultation