§ 12-7-12. Release of arrested person by officer.
(a) The officer in charge of any police station shall consider the release of any person in his or her station who has been arrested without a warrant:
(1) Without requiring the person to appear in court, when the officer is satisfied that there is no ground for making criminal complaint against the person or when the person has been arrested for drunkenness but in the judgment of the officer need not be brought before a magistrate; or
(2) If the arrest is for a misdemeanor, upon that person signing an agreement to appear in court at a designated time.
(b) Any officer with custody of a person who has been arrested or detained without a warrant may recognize that the person suffers from a serious mental illness and may release and refer the person to the nearest appropriate inpatient mental health facility or outpatient treatment program.
(G.L. 1909, ch. 354, § 75; P.L. 1915, ch. 1261, § 1; G.L. 1923, ch. 407, § 75; G.L. 1938, ch. 625, § 68; P.L. 1941, ch. 982, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 12-7-12; P.L. 2017, ch. 342, § 2; P.L. 2017, ch. 353, § 2.)