Brady Statute Data: Adjudicated Mental Defectives and Involuntary Mental Commitments

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Show simple item record Atwell, Cassie Trostle, Lawrence C. Barnes, Allan R. 2014-07-02T22:42:36Z 2014-07-02T22:42:36Z 1997-09-08
dc.identifier.other JC 9615.01
dc.description.abstract Currently, Alaska law enforcement agencies do not obtain data on four noncriminal categories prohibited by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 from obtaining firearms. This, the first of four reports on these categories, describes how adjudicated mental defectives and involuntary mental commitments can be identified within an Alaska context and discusses possible procedures, problems, and solutions associated with data collection. The report discussed federal statutory definitions of the terms adjudicated as a mental defective, committed to a mental institution, and legal authority; compares these terms with those current in Alaska Statues and used by social service and mental health agencies in the state; and describes, in general, data held by federal, state, local, and private agencies in Alaska. At present, there is no clear or cost-effective way to create and maintain a database for either of the two categories with any accuracy: besides technical difficulties in getting different databases to "talk" to each other, records are not kept on mentally ill individuals, and even if they were, access would be prohibited in the face of federal and state laws regarding privacy. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Bureau of Justice Statistics, United States Department of Justice Grant No. 96-RU-RX-K026 en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction / Adjudicated Mental Defectives / Involuntary Mental Commitments / References / Appendix A: Mental Health Commitments (Civil Commitments) / Appendix B: Forms USed in the Alaska Court System During the Involuntary Mental Commitment Process en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Unit, Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage en_US
dc.title Brady Statute Data: Adjudicated Mental Defectives and Involuntary Mental Commitments en_US
dc.type Report en_US

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