Jackson v. Indiana Case Brief

Why is the case important?

Appellant was arrested for robbery and committed to State care until he is competent to stand trial. Appellant’s representative argued that he would never be competent and thus would be committed forever in violation of his constitutional rights.

Facts of the case


Whether Appellant’s Constitutional rights were violated.
Whether Indiana’s pre-trial commitment violated Appellant’s equal protection rights by committing him on a more stringent standard than other civil commitment proceedings.


Reversed and Remanded.
Appellant was subject to a more lenient commitment standard but a more stringent standard for release from commitment than others not charged with an offense and thus violated Appellant’s right to equal protection.


  • Case Brief: 1972
  • Petitioner: Jackson
  • Respondent: Indiana
  • Decided by: Burger Court

Citation: 406 US 715 (1972)
Argued: Nov 18, 1971
Decided: Jun 7, 1972