Arrest and Adjudication

Prior to the Alaska Mental Health Enabling Act of 1956, a person accused of being mentally ill was to be brought before a jury of six people, who would rule him sane or insane. The patient was often sent to prison until his transfer to Portland. Medical or psychiatric exams were not required. This commitment process was established in 1905 by the 58th US Congress. The full text for the part of the act relating to, "the care and support of insane persons in the district of Alaska...", can be found here.
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  1. Patricia M Carlson
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    I am trying to access “The full text for the part of the act relating to, “the care and support of insane persons in the district of Alaska…”, can be found here.” It required that I sign in to my Google Drive account — as I did with the password that I understand is for all Google accounts.

    That was accepted; then I got the following message: You need permission.

    Want in? Ask for access, or switch to an account with permission. Learn more.
    You are signed in as pmintpatty1852@yahoo.com.

    I clicked on “Request access” 4-1/2 hours ago and am still waiting for an email message. And I still can’t access the text. What else do I have to do? My great-grand uncle was an inmate in 1943 until his death in the hospital in 1944.

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