Texas Supreme Court Upholds SVP Commitments and Concludes That Incompetent Individuals Can Be Committed; Ruling Not Disturbed

In re Commitment of Fisher, 164 S.W.3d 637 (Tex. 2005), cert. denied, 126 S. Ct. 428 (2005)

Like at least sixteen other states, Texas permits a court to commit individuals who suffer from behavioral abnormalities that make them likely to engage in a predatory act of sexual violence.   Unlike other states, persons adjudged to be a sexually violent predator (SVP) in Texas are committed to outpatient treatment and supervision. However, a violation of an associated imposed constraint is categorized as a third-degree felony and can result in jail or prison time...

Found in DMHL Volume 25 Issue 1