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Just and Well: Rethinking How States Approach Competency to Stand Trial

Roadmap for Reform, Criminal Justice Reform, Reports and Briefs




Competency to stand trial refers to the constitutional requirement that people facing criminal charges must be able to assist in their own defense. Many people who are found not competent to stand trial have complex needs, including serious mental health conditions. The process and outcomes for these individuals varies depending on state law and availability of services and facilities.