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NCJ Number: 156402 Find in a Library
Title: Optimum Size of a High-Security Unit for Mentally Disordered Offenders
Journal: Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(1993)  Pages:472-483
Author(s): R Finlay-Jones; O Nielssen
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Maximum-security hospitals for mentally disordered offenders in England and Australia may be too big; on the other hand, some are concerned that there is a size below which maximum-security containment may become financially inefficient, inhumane, or even dangerous.
Abstract: The authors consider the optimum size of high-security units for mentally disordered offenders, taking into account principles of rehabilitation, quality of care, cost-effectiveness, probable length of stay, the architecture of secure units, and the psychology of dangerous persons. Although the authors conclude that an optimum absolute size for high-security units cannot be established, they present a formula based on nearness to and population density of the community where inmates are housed. A maximum-security hospital in Sydney, Australia, is described in terms of security, staff, costs, and inmates. An ideal high- security unit for mentally disordered offenders is also characterized. 1 reference
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Australia; England; Foreign correctional facilities; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign inmates; Maximum security; Mental disorders; Mentally ill offenders
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