76 Nebraska Law Review 1 (1997)
Recent litigation and scholarship have begun to focus on the substantive limits of the state's power to use civil commitment as a social control tool. Courts and commentators describe civil commitment as grounded on two powers of the state: the parens patriae interest and the police power. This Article seeks an analytical framework for defining the boundaries of police power commitments in which justification rests on the interests of the public rather than on the interests of the committed individual.
Janus, Eric S., "Toward a Conceptual Framework for Assessing Police Power Commitment Legislation" (1997). Faculty Scholarship. 183.