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NCJ Number: 157483 Find in a Library
Title: Escapes From a Medium Secure Unit
Journal: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:(September 1994)  Pages:275-286
Author(s): M Dolan; P Snowden
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study examines the frequency, characteristics, and outcome of escapes of mentally ill offenders and nonoffenders from a regional secure psychiatric unit in England over a 7-year period between 1986 and 1993.
Abstract: During the study period, 27 individuals accounted for 31 escapes. The escapees were predominantly young, male, mentally ill, acquisitive offenders who had been transferred from police custody under the provisions of Part III of the 1983 Mental Health Act, which related to patients concerned in criminal proceedings or sentenced prisoners. All but one individual had presented significant management problems for the nursing staff during the early stage of their inpatient care on the unit. Most escapes occurred from inside the building, early in the admission, and when nursing staff levels were lower. The risk to the public was small. All were apprehended within 10 days and few committed offenses. Following their recapture, the majority were ultimately returned to prison. Tables and 16 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Criminology; England; Escape; Foreign offenders; Mental illness-crime relationships
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