The incompetent defendant: Support systems help avoid future legal problems

D. L. Brown, A. R. Felthous, E. S. Barratt, M. Stanford, L. A. Brown

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Reducing crime and improving efficiency of our criminal justice system should be facilitated by identifying how to treat and manage mental health patients who are prone to committing criminal acts more effectively. A total of 142 competency evaluations were reviewed from cases evaluated by the Galveston County Forensic Psychiatrist from 1984 to 1990. Examination of data from these defendants allowed us to address the psychiatric needs of these defendants in terms of contact with the mental health system, particularly those who had more than one criminal justice system contact. The latter defendants lacked social support systems and consistent mental health system follow-up to provide stabilization of their condition. It was felt that this was a factor in their more frequent contact with the criminal justice system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1057-1068
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994


  • competency evaluations
  • criminalistics
  • defendants
  • forensic science
  • mental health systems
  • psychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics


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