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NCJ Number: 147751 Find in a Library
Title: PROFILE OF FORENSIC PATIENTS IN NEW SOUTH WALES AND AN ASSESSMENT OF THE ROLE OF THE MENTAL HEALTH REVIEW TRIBUNAL IN EFFECTING THEIR RELEASE (FROM SERIOUS VIOLENT OFFENDERS: SENTENCING, PSYCHIATRY, AND LAW REFORM, 1991, P 201-222, SALLY-ANNE GERULL AND WILLIAM LUCAS, EDS. - SEE NCJ-147734)
Author(s): R Hayes; M Sterry; T Ovadia; B Boerma; W Greer
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
Monsey, NY 10952
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
P.O. Box 249
Monsey, NY 10952
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: As of October 1991, there were 86 forensic patients in New South Wales (Australia) whose treatment was governed by the Mental Health Act 1990 and the Mental Health (Criminal Procedure) Act 1990.
Abstract: This paper profiles those 86 patients in terms of their current legal status, demographic data, previous history, and offense. The Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) has a judicial role in releasing forensic patients under the Mental Health Act. The Act also contains special provisions for offenders who lack criminal responsibility because of mental illness or other mental conditions and ordinary prisoners who manifest mental illness in jail. The MHRT is enjoined to be an informal review body; as such, it is not bound by the rules of evidence and it is empowered to set its own procedure in the conduct of business. Under certain circumstances, the MHRT may mandate treatment for people who remain dangerously ill, release patients who are unfit to be tried, or release forensic patients who possibly remain mentally ill. 9 tables, 2 figures, and 5 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Corrections management; Criminology; Foreign correctional systems; Forensic psychiatry; Mentally ill inmates; New South Wales; Offender mental health services; Violent offenders
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