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NCJ Number: 147752 Find in a Library
Title: REVIEW FOR RELEASE: THE USE AND MISUSE OF PSYCHIATRIC OPINION (FROM SERIOUS VIOLENT OFFENDERS: SENTENCING, PSYCHIATRY, AND LAW REFORM, 1991, P 223-243, SALLY-ANNE GERULL AND WILLIAM LUCAS, EDS. - SEE NCJ-147734)
Author(s): W E Lucas
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 21
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: This paper considers the use of psychiatric testimony in the cases of two prisoners whose nonparole periods were extended by the Supreme Court of South Australia after petitions by the Crown.
Abstract: In one case, psychiatric opinion on key issues was valuable because of the patient's history, intellectual disability, and psychiatric disorders. His history of offending and disturbed behavior were sufficient evidence to suggest he would pose a risk to the community if released. In the second case, there was little information of predictive value, no diagnosis of a major psychiatric disorder, and no history of treatment. However, by virtue of the way his behavior and personality were responded to by the correctional administration, this inmate was classified as dangerous. Both cases illustrate the long-term impact of psychiatric attitudes on the management and eventual release of serious offenders. 20 references
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Corrections management; Criminology; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign courts; Forensic psychiatry; Mentally ill inmates; Psychiatric testimony; South Australia; Violent offenders
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