18 U.S.C. § 4247 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 18. Crimes and Criminal Procedure § 4247. General provisions for chapter




 Definitions.--As used in this chapter--

 “rehabilitation program” includes--

 basic educational training that will assist the individual in understanding the society to which he will return and that will assist him in understanding the magnitude of his offense and its impact on society;

 vocational training that will assist the individual in contributing to, and in participating in, the society to which he will return;

 drug, alcohol, and sex offender treatment programs, and other treatment programs that will assist the individual in overcoming a psychological or physical dependence or any condition that makes the individual dangerous to others;  and

 organized physical sports and recreation programs;

 “suitable facility” means a facility that is suitable to provide care or treatment given the nature of the offense and the characteristics of the defendant;

 “State” includes the District of Columbia;

 “bodily injury” includes sexual abuse;

 “sexually dangerous person” means a person who has engaged or attempted to engage in sexually violent conduct or child molestation and who is sexually dangerous to others;  and

 “sexually dangerous to others” with respect  [FN1] a person, means that the person suffers from a serious mental illness, abnormality, or disorder as a result of which he would have serious difficulty in refraining from sexually violent conduct or child molestation if released.

 Psychiatric or psychological examination.--A psychiatric or psychological examination ordered pursuant to this chapter shall be conducted by a licensed or certified psychiatrist or psychologist, or, if the court finds it appropriate, by more than one such examiner.  Each examiner shall be designated by the court, except that if the examination is ordered under section 4245 , 4246 , or 4248 , upon the request of the defendant an additional examiner may be selected by the defendant.  For the purposes of an examination pursuant to an order under section 4241 , 4244 , or 4245 , the court may commit the person to be examined for a reasonable period, but not to exceed thirty days, and under section 4242 , 4243 , 4246 , or 4248 , for a reasonable period, but not to exceed forty-five days, to the custody of the Attorney General for placement in a suitable facility.  Unless impracticable, the psychiatric or psychological examination shall be conducted in the suitable facility closest to the court.  The director of the facility may apply for a reasonable extension, but not to exceed fifteen days under section 4241 , 4244 , or 4245 , and not to exceed thirty days under section 4242 , 4243 , 4246 , or 4248 , upon a showing of good cause that the additional time is necessary to observe and evaluate the defendant.

 Psychiatric or psychological reports.--A psychiatric or psychological report ordered pursuant to this chapter shall be prepared by the examiner designated to conduct the psychiatric or psychological examination, shall be filed with the court with copies provided to the counsel for the person examined and to the attorney for the Government, and shall include--

 the person's history and present symptoms;

 a description of the psychiatric, psychological, and medical tests that were employed and their results;

 the examiner's findings;  and

 the examiner's opinions as to diagnosis, prognosis, and--

 if the examination is ordered under section 4241 , whether the person is suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense;

 if the examination is ordered under section 4242 , whether the person was insane at the time of the offense charged;

 if the examination is ordered under section 4243 or 4246 , whether the person is suffering from a mental disease or defect as a result of which his release would create a substantial risk of bodily injury to another person or serious damage to property of another;

 if the examination is ordered under section 4248 , whether the person is a sexually dangerous person;

 if the examination is ordered under section 4244 or 4245 , whether the person is suffering from a mental disease or defect as a result of which he is in need of custody for care or treatment in a suitable facility;  or

 if the examination is ordered as a part of a presentence investigation, any recommendation the examiner may have as to how the mental condition of the defendant should affect the sentence.

 Hearing.--At a hearing ordered pursuant to this chapter the person whose mental condition is the subject of the hearing shall be represented by counsel and, if he is financially unable to obtain adequate representation, counsel shall be appointed for him pursuant to section 3006A .  The person shall be afforded an opportunity to testify, to present evidence, to subpoena witnesses on his behalf, and to confront and cross-examine witnesses who appear at the hearing.

 Periodic report and information requirements.-- The director of the facility in which a person is committed pursuant to--

section 4241 shall prepare semiannual reports;  or

section 4243 , 4244 , 4245 , 4246 , or 4248 shall prepare annual reports concerning the mental condition of the person and containing recommendations concerning the need for his continued commitment.  The reports shall be submitted to the court that ordered the person's commitment to the facility and copies of the reports shall be submitted to such other persons as the court may direct.  A copy of each such report concerning a person committed after the beginning of a prosecution of that person for violation of section 871 , 879 , or 1751 of this title shall be submitted to the Director of the United States Secret Service.  Except with the prior approval of the court, the Secret Service shall not use or disclose the information in these copies for any purpose other than carrying out protective duties under section 3056(a) of this title.

 The director of the facility in which a person is committed pursuant to section 4241 , 4243 , 4244 , 4245 , 4246 , or 4248 shall inform such person of any rehabilitation programs that are available for persons committed in that facility.

 Videotape record.--Upon written request of defense counsel, the court may order a videotape record made of the defendant's testimony or interview upon which the periodic report is based pursuant to subsection (e).  Such videotape record shall be submitted to the court along with the periodic report.

 Habeas corpus unimpaired.--Nothing contained in section 4243 , 4246 , or 4248 precludes a person who is committed under either of such sections from establishing by writ of habeas corpus the illegality of his detention.

 Discharge.--Regardless of whether the director of the facility in which a person is committed has filed a certificate pursuant to the provisions of subsection (e) of section 4241 , 4244, 4245, 4246, or 4248, or subsection (f) of section 4243 , counsel for the person or his legal guardian may, at any time during such person's commitment, file with the court that ordered the commitment a motion for a hearing to determine whether the person should be discharged from such facility, but no such motion may be filed within one hundred and eighty days of a court determination that the person should continue to be committed.  A copy of the motion shall be sent to the director of the facility in which the person is committed and to the attorney for the Government.

 Authority and responsibility of the Attorney General.--The Attorney General--

 may contract with a State, a political subdivision, a locality, or a private agency for the confinement, hospitalization, care, or treatment of, or the provision of services to, a person committed to his custody pursuant to this chapter;

 may apply for the civil commitment, pursuant to State law, of a person committed to his custody pursuant to section 4243 , 4246 , or 4248 ;

 shall, before placing a person in a facility pursuant to the provisions of section 4241 , 4243 , 4244 , 4245 , 4246 , or 4248 , consider the suitability of the facility's rehabilitation programs in meeting the needs of the person;  and

 shall consult with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in the general implementation of the provisions of this chapter and in the establishment of standards for facilities used in the implementation of this chapter.

Sections 4241 , 4242 , 4243 , and 4244 do not apply to a prosecution under an Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia or the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

[FN1]

 So in original.  Probably should be followed by “to”.





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