Mandatory Disposition of Detainers


The Mandatory Disposition of Detainers Act is a procedural statute establishing rules for the prompt disposition of detainers (i.e. warrants filed against persons already in custody) by providing that prosecuting officials, upon the request of the prisoner, must move forward with trial of the charge which caused the detainer. Failure to do so within a reasonable time brings about a dismissal of the charge and withdrawal of the detainer.

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