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Committee: Joint Criminal Defendant's Competency, Task Force
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: SB 553 / prepared for the 78th Legislature by the SB 553 Task Force in accordance with Senate Bill 553, 77th Legislature, 2001.
Subjects: Capital punishment of mentally disabled inmates | Competency to stand trial | Mentally disabled inmates | Mentally disabled persons |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 C867d
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [12 pages  File size: 65 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. A task force is established to review the methods and procedures used to evaluate a criminal defendant's competency to stand trial anduse of the insanity defense and to submit a report to the 78th Legislature. The task force serves in an advisory capacity.
2. In conducting its review of the methods and procedures used to evaluate a criminal defendant's competency to stand trial and use of the insanity defense, the task force shall: (1) examine the process by which the examination of a defendant is initiated and administered, including the required and actual use of forms and other documentation; (2) review the manner in which a person is appointed to conduct an examination; (3) evaluate the adequacy of the qualifications and training of persons who may be appointed to conduct an examination; (4) consider alternative means to: (A) increase cost effectiveness in the examination process; and (B) maximize third-party payment of the costs of examinations; and (5) assess the potential use and benefits of telepsychiatry.

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