Care or Custody?: Mentally Disordered Offenders in the Criminal Justice System

Hardcover | October 21, 1999

byJudith Laing

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In recent years there has been growing concern and controversy surrounding the care and treatment of mentally disordered offenders. Consequently, there have been a series of legislative and policy developments during the last decade, which have led to changes in attitude and the way that suchoffender-patients are treated. Such changes have focused primarily upon timely therapeutic intervention and diversion from the criminal justice system. Care or Custody?: Mentally Disordered Offenders in the Criminal Justice System considers these issues in depth. It is a comprehensive and scholarly text which identifies some of the practical difficulties that occur when mentally disordered offenders come into contact with the criminal justicesystem. The law in this area is complex and this book will enable professionals involved in the subject to gain a better understanding of the law and policy with regard to mentally disordered offenders. Judith Laing also analyses and addresses some of the theoretical issues and concerns surrounding the treatment and detention of mentally disordered offenders. The book will therefore assist and inform legal, mental health, and related practitioners working in this field, and will also provide atheoretical overview of the law for academics and students.

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In recent years there has been growing concern and controversy surrounding the care and treatment of mentally disordered offenders. Consequently, there have been a series of legislative and policy developments during the last decade, which have led to changes in attitude and the way that suchoffender-patients are treated. Such changes ...

Judith Laing is a Lecturer in Law at Cardiff Law School, University of Wales, Cardiff

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Format:HardcoverPublished:October 21, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198268181

ISBN - 13:9780198268185

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List of tablesList of chartsList of casesList of statutesPrefacePart One1. The basic principles1.1. Introduction1.2. Who are mentally disordered offenders?1.3. What role does psychiatry play in the treatment of mental disorder?1.4. How should mentally disordered offenders be treated?1.5. What is diversion?1.6. Conclusion2. The historical context2.1. Introduction2.2. The origins of contemporary policies and philosophies2.3. The 1970's reform movement2.4. Government action2.5. The Mental Health (Amendment) Act 19822.6. The Mental Health Act 19832.7. Reaction to the new act2.8. Conclusion3. Diversion under the Mental Health Act 1983 and related provisions3.1. Introduction3.2. Arrest3.3. Prosecution3.4. Remand3.5. Sentencing3.6. Conclusion4. The development of an explicit diversion policy for mentally disordered offenders4.1. Introduction4.2. Setting the stage for reform - the failures of the 1980's4.3. The solution - the diversion of mentally disordered offenders4.4. The introduction of diversion schemes4.5. National recognition and implementation of diversion policy4.6. A collaborative strategic approach4.7. The impact of diversion policy4.8. The difficulties with diversion4.9. ConclusionPart Two5. Diversion in West Yorkshire - A process study5.1. Introduction5.2. Research Methodology5.3. Identifying the research site5.4. The data collection process5.5. The quantitative study5.6. The qualitative study5.7. Stimulus for reform - The "Mentally disordered offenders" conference5.8. The development of local diversion initiatives5.9. Region wide developments5.10. A process evaluation - overview5.11. Conclusion6. Diversion in West Yorkshire - an impact study6.1. Introduction6.2. Part One - the quantitative analysis6.3. Part Two - the qualitative analysis6.4. Conclusion7. ConclusionAppendix A. Diversion under the existing provisionsAppendix B. Police Station Assessment (PSA Model)Appendix C. Court Psychiatrist Assessment (NAC/PAC Models)Appendix D. Court Panel Assessment (MAAP Model)Appendix E. (a) Letter to interviewees (b) Interview scheduleBibliography

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`This is an excellent book and Laing is to be congratulated for putting together a truly intelligent book.'Paul Okojie, Manchester Metropolitan University