1.  Whenever the court commits to a state institution for observation or detention the person afflicted with a mental disease or defect under authority of this chapter, the court shall also order a transcript of all, or any part, of the evidence or oral proceedings in the case to be given to the institution and the expense to be paid as authorized by section 485.100*.

 2.  Whenever the court orders a person committed to a state institution for observation or detention under this chapter, an appropriate preliminary letter shall accompany the commitment order containing sufficient information to enable the institution to detain properly and to start preliminary evaluation of the committed person.

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 552.045

  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.

 3.  The preliminary letter shall include, if available, the following:

 (1)  A statement of the person’s family and occupational status, past delinquency and criminal records;

 (2)  A summary of the facts surrounding the alleged crime, including reports of police investigation, if such document exists, a statement of his behavior while under arrest; and

 (3)  An opinion as to whether he has a violent nature and what degree of security detention seems appropriate.