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ADDITIONAL PAPERS OF THE JURISPRUDENCE DEPARTMENT. I. THE LAW FOB
THE COMMITMENT OF LUNATICS. BY F. H. WINES, SECRETARY OF THE
ILLINOIS BOARD OF PUBLIC CHARITIES. The publication by Mr. George
L. Harrison, of Philadelphia, at his own personal expense, and the
gratuitous distribution of a work prepared, under his supervision,
at great cost, entitled " Legislation on Insanity," has made it
possible for me to present a brief summary of the laws relating to
the commitment and detention of the insane in all the States and
Territories of the Union. Mr. Harrison's book, for which he
deserves the thanks of all who take an interest in the condition
and treatment of the insane, purports to be " a collection of all
the lunacy laws of the States and Territories of the United States,
to the year 1883, inclusive, also the laws of England on insanity,
legislation in Canada on private houses, and important portions of
the lunacy laws of Germany, France, etc." In the following digest,
I have not gone outside of this book, to consult original
authorities, but have based my statements upon his researches.
Public interest on the subject of insanity centres in the inquiry:
Under what circumstances and by what methods may an insane man be
deprived of his personal liberty? How must the necessary
proceedings for the commitment of lunatics be conducted, in order
to guard against the incarceration of sane persons falsely charged
with insanity ? What precautions need to be taken to prevent the
improper detention of persons, sane or insane, who no longer
require the restraints of an insane hospital or asylum ? As will be
seen, the answers given to these questions in the statutes of
different States are very varied, and for the most part, too vague
to be satisfactory. The laws of Illinois are pec...
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