Uniform Act for the Extradition of Persons of Unsound Mind Law and Legal Definition

Uniform Act for the Extradition of Persons of Unsound Mind is one of the uniform acts prepared and sponsored by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 1916. This act gives states the authority to extradite a person of "unsound mind" ifrequested by another state. The executive authority of another state may demand extradition of a person of unsound mind who is located in the state. Upon such demand, the executive authority of the state must apprehend and turn over a person who is alleged to be of unsound mind and who has fled from the demanding state after being:

under detention by law in a hospital, asylum, or other institution for the insane as a person of unsound mind; or

determined by legal proceedings to be of unsound mind and being under control of a court of competent jurisdiction from the state from which he or she has fled; or

subject to detention after personal service has been made based upon proceedings pending to have him or her declared to be of unsound mind.

At least eight states have enacted the "Uniform Act for the Extradition of Persons of Unsound Mind." They are: Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Vermont, Alaska, and Colorado.