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NCJ Number: 149668 Find in a Library
Title: Pathways to the Management of Mentally Ill Offenders in the Criminal Justice System
Editor(s): A Manna; R Kurosawa; K Hamai
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 271
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
10127 Torino, Italy
Publication Number: ISBN 9-290-78022-4
Sale Source: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10
10127 Torino,
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Italy
Annotation: Because mentally ill offenders raise fundamental issues regarding the normality of criminal behavior and the individuals concerned, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) initiated a project to study the management of mentally ill offenders in the criminal justice systems of various countries.
Abstract: In the past, the UN dealt with the problems of mentally ill offenders through specific provisions contained in the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. In 1986, the UN issued a report on protecting the rights of the mentally ill, preventing psychiatric abuses, and improving institutional mental health and medical practices. The current UNICRI project was divided into three stages: (1) review country experiences in managing mentally ill offenders; (2) study actual features of systems and programs for mentally ill offenders; and (3) provide guidelines for managing mentally ill offenders. The project focused on such issues as social and judicial management of mentally ill offenders, imputability, dangerousness, and treatment. Comparative law and the results of field studies in Canada, Egypt, England, Wales, Germany, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Peru, Sweden, and Thailand are reviewed that deal with mentally ill offenders. The review looks at criminal responsibility, diminished responsibility, the treatment of nonresponsible offenders, the treatment of borderline cases, the use of psychiatric and psychological examinations to diagnose responsibility, specific mental disorders, criteria for determining dangerousness, sanctions, the role of psychiatry in the criminal justice system, and correctional reform. References, notes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Arab Republic of Egypt; Canada; Criminal responsibility; Dangerousness; England; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign criminal justice systems; Germany; Inmate treatment; Italy; Japan; Mental disorders; Mentally ill offenders; Nigeria; Peru; Psychologists role in corrections; Psychologists role in criminal justice
Note: Publication No. 48
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