The Mentally Disordered Offender in an Era of Community Care: New Directions in Provision

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 23, 1993 - Medical - 220 pages
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The care and management of mentally disordered offenders poses a major challenge to criminal justice agencies and psychiatric services. These patients, 'the people nobody owns', are particularly vulnerable to political and professional change and as psychiatric services become increasingly community-based, the task of meeting the needs of the offender, as well as expectations of public protection, becomes a more difficult prospect. This book brings together the papers and a summary of the discussion presented at a Cropwood Round Table conference organized by the Institute of Criminology and the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Cambridge. Seeking to define future needs and directions in legal and service provisions, it includes perspectives from the fields of criminology, sociology and social psychiatry, and contributions from practitioners and administrators. Remarkable for the tenacity and depth with which the expert contributors address the problems, this is essential reading for all professionals working in the psychiatric and criminal justice systems with this frequently marginalized client group. Through a searching examination of the situation within one jurisdiction it points the way to service developments, improved care management and research opportunities that have universal applications.

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Future pattern of psychiatric services Douglas Bennett
Future directions for mental health law Sir John Wood
A criminological perspective the influence of fashion
The mentally abnormal offender in the era of community
a personal view
Defining need and evaluating services John Wing
Black people mental health and the criminal justice system
A view from the prison medical service Rosemary Wool
diversion and discontinuance
A view from the private sector Mike LeeEvans
Case management Geoff Shepherd
A view from the Department of Health John Reed
Future directions for research William Watson

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William Watson is associate professor of Economics at McGill University and editorial-pages editor for the Ottawa Citizen; and in 1989 he won a National Magazine Award for Humour.

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