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The Ability to Make Relevant Decisions: Implications for Competence to Stand Trial Evaluations.  Thomas Grisso, Ph.D.,  Law and Psychiatry Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School 

(Key words: Competence, CST, Decisions, Decision-Making)

Assessing the Volitional Prong of the Insanity Defense. Ira K. Packer, Ph.D., Law and Psychiatry Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School

(Key words: Criminal Responsibility, Insanity Defense, Volitional Prong)

Abbot A., a juvenile v. Commonwealth 2010

Summary: The SJC finds that an individual who is determined incompetent to stand trial can still be subject to a dangerousness hearing under Ch. 276 § 58a. The court emphasizes the need to determine the reason for lack of competency in determining how long and under what provisions an individual can be held. While the court, in this case addresses a juvenile matter, the case is applicable to both adults and juveniles.

Graham v Florida

GRAHAM v. FLORIDA (2010), the Court ruled that individuals who were under 18 when they committed crimes other than homicide cannot be punished with life in prison without parole.

Juvenile CST article by Thomas Riffin

Competence to Stand Trial Evaluations with Juveniles

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