The Forensic Conditional Release Program (CONREP) is the
CaliforniaDepartment of Mental Health's statewide system of community-based services for specified forensic patients. [ cite web|url=http://www.dmh.ca.gov/Forensic/conrep.asp |title= Forensic Services: Forensic Conditional Release Program (CONREP) |accessdate=2007-10-09 |archiveurl=http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:DSlSL9T6su8J:www.dmh.ca.gov/Forensic/conrep.asp+ConReP&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us&client=firefox-a |archivedate=2007-07-25 ]
Mandated as a state responsibility by the Governor's Mental Health Initiative of 1984, the program began operations on January 1, 1986.
CONREP patients are typically young males (77% are 18-44 years old) with severe mental disorders (66%) who have committed violent felonies (85%). Common ways for offenders to be placed in CONREP include:
* Mentally Disordered Offenders can placed in CONREP by the Board of Prison Terms instead of the court.
* Offenders found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity can be placed in CONREP by filing a petition for restoration of sanity and winning at the hearing.
* Offenders found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity or Incompetent to Stand Trial because of a serious felony must spend six months in a state hospital before transfer to CONREP. [ [http://www.pai-ca.org/pubs/517001.htm Questions and Answers about CONREP] ]
Prisoners can only be transferred to CONREP after being deemed no longer dangerous and released to outpatient status.
The ConReP programs have been under investigation by a variety of Federal and State agencies for abuse of its patients. Ranging from food and housing problems, to falsifying of legal documents. The average patient may be in the ConRep program for 20 years, or even for the rest of their lives. The program has recently been in the news for its treatment of convicted multiple sex-offendersFact|date=October 2007.
* [http://www.ncrj.org/Rodriguez/Long.html Elizabeth S. Thompson, Ph.D Tells her story of a patient in her care who was wrongfullly incarcerated for 20 years and finally released]
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