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Title: Mentally Disordered Offender
Author(s): S L Halleck
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 219
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychiatric Press, Inc
Washington, DC 20005
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Contract Number: 81M052472101D
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88048-270-2
Sale Source: American Psychiatric Press, Inc
Journal Editor
1400 K Street, NW
Suite 1101
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book provides an overview of the various categories of mentally ill offenders and of the salient legal and clinical issues that arise at the several stages of the criminal process.
Abstract: The book opens with a discussion of the definition of mentally disordered offenders and the problem of differentiating them from other offenders in terms of both treatment and housing. A chapter describes society's three primary objectives in dealing with offenders. This provides an understanding of societal responses to all classes of mentally disordered offenders. Four chapters address the main classes of mentally disordered offenders: those incompetent to stand trial, offenders found not guilty by reason of insanity, special sentencing and treatment for mentally disordered offenders viewed as dangerous, and mental disorder that results in transfer from prison to a security hospital. One chapter addresses the treatment of mentally disordered offenders. It includes a review of currently available treatment, and some deficiencies are identified. Remaining chapters consider the ethical problems faced by clinicians who work with mentally disordered offenders and reform of the criminal justice system's handling of mentally disordered offenders. 187 references
Main Term(s): Mentally ill offenders
Index Term(s): Competency to stand trial; Criminally insane persons; Sentencing factors
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