Reports: Changes in Involuntary Commitment Laws May Have Saved Sharps
A task force reviewing he death of Shannon Harps outside of her Capitol Hill apartment at the hands of deranged schizophrenic, James Williams, has recommended several changes to the involuntary commitment system. Among the changes:
- Mandatory treatment where a significant history of violence is present
- More tools for enforcement of outpatient treatment
- Direct communication of mental health histories to law enforcement
- Increased flex in the involuntary commitment system
Williams, a repeat offender with multiple violent offenses, was under community supervision at the time of Harps' death. He was not complying with court-ordered treatment, and he was off of his medication, which controlled his violence.
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