Baxstrom v. Herold

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Baxstrom v. Herold
Seal of the United States Supreme Court
Argued December 9, 1965
Decided February 23, 1966
Full case nameBaxstrom v. Herold, State Hospital Director
Citations383 U.S. 107 (more)
86 S. Ct. 760; 15 L. Ed. 2d 620; 1966 U.S. LEXIS 2214
Civil commitment following a prison term does not constitute an unconstitutional double jeopardy.
Court membership
Chief Justice
Earl Warren
Associate Justices
Hugo Black · William O. Douglas
Tom C. Clark · John M. Harlan II
William J. Brennan Jr. · Potter Stewart
Byron White · Abe Fortas
Case opinions
MajorityWarren, joined by Douglas, Clark, Harlan, Brennan, Stewart, White, Fortas
ConcurrenceBlack (in judgment)

Baxstrom v. Herold, 383 U.S. 107 (1966), was a case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States that held that civil commitment following a prison term does not run afoul of double jeopardy principles.[1]


  1. ^ Bonnie, R.J. et al. Criminal Law, Second Edition. Foundation Press, NY: 2004, p. 664

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