Archives by: Marvin Swartz, M.D.

Marvin Swartz, M.D.

Marvin Swartz, M.D.'s articles and posts

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Concerns about police misconduct should spur reform, funding for civil commitment process

The plague of police misconduct has rightfully been in the public spotlight in recent months, but there’s an important aspect of this problem and source of frequent conflict that still needs much more attention: the challenge of enforcing civil commitment laws. Involuntary civil commitment is a well-established and necessary system under which judges have the authority to order needed treatment for persons with mental illness who are considered dangerous to themselves or others.

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Assistance for incarcerated people discharged during the pandemic: The humane and constitutional thing to do

As local, state and federal officials race to arrange for the discharge of sick, elderly and non-violent incarcerated persons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its swift spread through correctional institutions, a big question arises: must there be discharge plans for these men and women to help protect their health and that of the public? It’s been more than four decades since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that that the Constitution entitles people held inside jails and prison to necessary medical care.

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