Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 18,400+ case briefs...

Jones v. United States

United States Supreme Court
463 U.S. 354, 103 S.Ct. 3043, 77 L.Ed.2d 694 (1983),



Jones (defendant) was charged with attempted petit larceny after trying to steal a jacket from a department store in Washington, D.C. The maximum prison sentence for attempted petit larceny was one year. Before trial, the trial court ordered Jones to undergo a competency determination, which concluded that Jones was competent to stand trial but suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. The court also concluded that Jones’s crime was a product of his mental illness. Jones pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity (NGBRI). The trial court, under the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard, found Jones NGBRI and committed Jones to a hospital for the mentally ill. A release hearing was held in February 1977, by which time Jones had been committed for more than a year—the maximum amount of time Jones could have spent in prison if he had been convicted. Jones demanded unconditional release or to be recommitted under the standards for civil commitment, which require proof of dangerousness by clear and convincing evidence. The court denied Jones’s request and recommitted Jones to the mental hospital. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals affirmed. Jones petitioned the United States Supreme Court for certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)

Dissent (Stevens, J.)

Dissent (Brennan, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 489,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 489,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 18,400 briefs, keyed to 985 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial