Hinckley Flown to St. Elizabeths Hospital Private Room, Therapy Await Him
Wednesday, June 23, 1982; 12:00 AM
John W. Hinckley Jr. was flown to St. Elizabeths Hospital last night several hours after U.S. District Judge Barrington Parker ordered him committed to the federal mental institution in Southeast Washington.
Parker's order came one day after a jury found Hinckley was legally insane when he shot President Reagan and three others in March 1981.
Hinckley arrived at the hospital about 7:35 p.m., according to a spokeman for the U.S. marshals. The helicopter landed within the 20-foot walls of the hospital's maximum-security division for the criminally insane, called the John Howard Pavilion.
Hinckley will be housed in a private room in the six-story, brick-and-barred facility.
At St. Elizabeths Hospital, Hinckley will find himself in a secluded world with up-to-date facilities, highly regarded therapeutic programs and -- at least by comparison with any prison he might have been sent to if convicted -- a relaxed atmosphere.
There are about 240 inmates in the facility, many--like Hinckley--judged not guilty by reason of insanity (called "NGI" at St. Elizabeths), along with others judged mentally incompetent to stand trial, under observation pending trial, or who became mentally ill while serving prison terms.