Reliability of Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment Criteria in Florida

  title={Reliability of Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment Criteria in Florida},
  author={J. Levenson},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
  • J. Levenson
  • Published 2004
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Law and Human Behavior
The present study investigated the reliability of Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) civil commitment criteria under Florida's Jimmy Ryce Act. The purpose of the study was to determine if, independently, 2 evaluators would reach the same conclusions about the same client (n = 295). According to civil commitment criteria outlined by the United States Supreme Court (Kansas v. Hendricks, 1997), SVPs must display a mental abnormality predisposing them to sexual violence and a likelihood of future… Expand
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