Mass. Civil Commitment for Drug Issues Violates Rights, Say Attorneys

People in Massachusetts who are accused of harmful drug use often face court petitions by family members, law enforcement, or medical professionals that request their involuntary commitment.

And when this happens, they are often denied their constitutional right to due process, Boston-based public defense attorneys tell Filter.

Under Section 35, a Massachusetts law, if a person is ruled by a court to have an alcohol or substance use disorder and be likely of causing “serious harm” to themself or others, that person can face up to 90 days of involuntary commitment at a treatment facility. Some of these facilities are located in prisons.

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