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NCJ Number: 148597 Find in a Library
Corporate Author: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
London, SW9 0PU
Publication Number: ISBN 0 85069 130 3
Sale Source: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
169 Clapham Road
United Kingdom
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This document is an account of the progress made toward diverting mentally disturbed offenders from custodial remands and sentences.
Abstract: Prison custody not only adds to overcrowding, but is inappropriate for most mentally disturbed offenders. In many cases, imprisonment aggravates the condition of these offenders. The National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders offers detailed recommendations having to do with establishing local forums; local strategies; guidelines; publications; court liaisoning with probation, health, social service, and forensic psychiatric agencies; and staff training. The results of some past studies are reviewed. According to a 1990 study, more than one-third of adult male prisoners was mentally disturbed, including 3 percent very seriously disturbed. In 1993, 775 mentally disturbed prisoners were transferred to psychiatric hospitals.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Courts; Diversion programs; Effects of imprisonment; Mentally ill offenders; United Kingdom (UK)
Note: Policy paper 3
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