Kentucky Supreme Court bench

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court has heard oral arguments over the constitutionality of a new Kentucky law that allows involuntary commitment for violent offenders.

A statement from the Supreme Court said arguments were heard by justices on Wednesday in two cases out of Jefferson County.

A law passed this year allows violent offenders who are incompetent for trial to be involuntarily committed if they are a danger to themselves and others regardless of whether they would benefit from treatment.

Previously, a defendant could be involuntarily hospitalized only if they could benefit. The case was one of two heard on Wednesday and two others were scheduled to be heard Thursday.