Terms Used In Florida Statutes 916.105

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.

(1) It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Children and Families and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, as appropriate, establish, locate, and maintain separate and secure forensic facilities and programs for the treatment or training of defendants who have been charged with a felony and who have been found to be incompetent to proceed due to their mental illness, intellectual disability, or autism, or who have been acquitted of a felony by reason of insanity, and who, while still under the jurisdiction of the committing court, are committed to the department or agency under this chapter. Such facilities must be sufficient to accommodate the number of defendants committed under the conditions noted above. Except for those defendants found by the department or agency to be appropriate for treatment or training in a civil facility or program pursuant to subsection (3), forensic facilities must be designed and administered so that ingress and egress, together with other requirements of this chapter, may be strictly controlled by staff responsible for security in order to protect the defendant, facility personnel, other clients, and citizens in adjacent communities.
(2) It is the intent of the Legislature that treatment or training programs for defendants who are found to have mental illness, intellectual disability, or autism and are involuntarily committed to the department or agency, and who are still under the jurisdiction of the committing court, be provided in a manner, subject to security requirements and other mandates of this chapter, which ensures the rights of the defendants as provided in this chapter.
(3) It is the intent of the Legislature that evaluation and services to defendants who have mental illness, intellectual disability, or autism be provided in community settings, in community residential facilities, or in civil facilities, whenever this is a feasible alternative to treatment or training in a state forensic facility.
(4) It is the intent of the Legislature to minimize and achieve an ongoing reduction in the use of restraint and seclusion on persons who are committed to a civil or forensic facility under this chapter.