Oregon board explains why it repeatedly released killer from psychiatric hospital

Three members of the five-person Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board reviewed cases at the Oregon State Hospital during a public hearing earlier this month. (Bruce Ely / Special to the Malheur Enterprise)

The five members of the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board declined interview requests from the Malheur Enterprise and ProPublica. The members instead responded as a board to written questions about their practices and the case of Charles Longjaw. The board manages the custody and care of people such as Longjaw, who have been found guilty except for insanity in felony criminal cases.

How was the PSRB [Psychiatric Security Review Board], OSH [Oregon State Hospital] and state law different from today when Longjaw was found GEI [guilty except for insanity] in 1986? 

There are a few differences in the law between 1986 and today. First . . .