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NCJ Number: 134421 Find in a Library
Title: Studies on Criminal Responsibility and Psychiatric Treatment of Mentally Ill Offenders
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 103
Publication Number: ISBN 92-871-0899-4
Sale Source: Council of Europe Publications
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex,
Language: English
Country: France
Annotation: A colloquium of the Criminological Scientific Council of the Council of Europe considered the topic "Studies on criminal responsibility and psychiatric treatment of mentally ill offenders."
Abstract: The colloquium met to discuss three issues: definitions of criminal responsibility and of psychological and pathological factors which may mitigate or exclude such responsibility; problems arising from the use of psychiatric expertise to assess mitigation or exclusion of criminal responsibility; and the impact of such assessments on decisionmaking and on the treatment of mentally ill offenders. These issues were examined from the perspectives of criminal law, forensic psychiatry, and criminology. The colloquium recommended that questions put to psychiatric experts should relate to diagnostic and prognostic assessments as connected with a treatment program. This program would be carried out following sentencing and revised periodically with a view toward therapeutic continuity. The colloquium called on the Council of Europe to promote interdisciplinary research programs in the areas of psychiatric diagnosis and the relationship between mental illness and crime.
Main Term(s): Criminal responsibility; Offender mental health services
Index Term(s): Council of Europe; Forensic psychiatry; Mental illness-crime relationships; Psychiatric services
Note: Collected Studies in Criminological Research, V 24
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