What’s So Civil About Civil Commitment?: Balancing the State’s Interest in Treating Substance Dependence with the Protection of Individual Liberty Interests

In many ways, Natalie Ciappa’s senior year at a Long Island high school was like that of every other senior. She spent time with her brothers and with friends. She enjoyed watching horror movies with her family. She was a cheerleader and a gifted singer in an all-county chorus. She applied to colleges and intended to study criminal psychology at a state university. Natalie was also addicted to heroin.

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