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Case Name: Joseph VITEK v. Larry D. JONES
Date, Location, Cite: 1980 NE
445 US 480

Jones was mentally ill prisoner who was transferred to state hospital without a hearing. Trial Court said was unconstitutional; Supreme Court agreed. Said even a convicted felon retained the right to not be stigmatized without due process. Commitment to Mental Hosp entails a "massive curtailment of liberty" and requires due process protection. see ADDINGTON v. TEXAS & O'CONNOR v. DONALDSON