Community placement for insanity acquittees: a preliminary study of residential
programs and person-situation fit.
K. Heilbrun, K. Lawson, S. Spier and J. Libby,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
22(4): 551-60, 1994.
The present study, one of the first of its kind, describes the characteristics of community living
placements for insanity acquittees conditionally released following hospitalization, along with the
"fit" between living placement and individual characteristics. Although the small number of insanity
acquittees (n = 13) and community placements (n = 9) precluded meaningful statistical analyses of
results, the study provides a model for studying the characteristics of placements as well as personal
characteristics of acquittees, and the interaction between the two. It also suggests the possible
importance of this interaction, operationalized as "fit" between characteristics and placement.
Consistent with research findings for other criminal defendants and for nonforensic psychiatric
patients released from hospitalization, a better fit between acquittee and community placement may
be associated with increased likelihood of success on conditional release.