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NCJ Number: 65029 Find in a Library
Title: MENTAL ILLNESS - A CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE (FROM TODAY'S PROBLEMS IN CLINICAL CRIMINOLOGY - RESEARCH ON DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT, 1979, BY L BELIVEAU ET AL - SEE NCJ-65021)
Author(s): C GREENLAND
Corporate Author: Universite de Montreal, Centre International de Criminologie Comparee
Canada

Institut Philippe Pinel de Montreal 12
Canada

Universite de Genes
Centre International de Criminologie Clinique
Italy
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Institut Philippe Pinel de Montreal 12
Montreal, Quebec 478, Canada
Universite de Genes
Genes, Italy
Universite de Montreal, Centre International de Criminologie Comparee
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3c 3j7
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: THIS CANADIAN ARTICLE DISCUSSES THE APPARENT EROSION OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE ABILITY OF CLINICAL CRIMINOLOGISTS TO PREVENT CRIMINAL VIOLENCE AND CRITICIZES LAWS THAT CREATE A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY.
Abstract: IN ORDER TO TREAT MENTALLY ABNORMAL OFFENDERS, THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT HAS COMMITTED ITSELF TO BUILDING MAXIMUM-SECURITY, REGIONAL PSYCHIATRIC CENTERS AS PART OF ITS PENITENTIARY SYSTEM. HOWEVER, IRRECONCILABLE CONFLICTS EXIST BETWEEN TREATMENT AND SECURITY DEMANDS. A MAJOR OBSTACLE TO CHANGE IS THE PUBLIC MOOD OF APATHY AND HOSTILITY TOWARD OFFENDERS, OFTEN COMBINED WITH ANTIPSYCHIATRIC AND ANTITHERAPEUTIC ATTITUDES. THE DEMAND FOR TOUGHER MEASURES TO COMBAT VIOLENT CRIME REFLECTS THE INCREASING INCIDENCE OF SUCH OFFENSES AND THE PUBLIC DISTRUST OF EXPERTS WHO SAY THAT MENTALLY ILL OFFENDERS ARE NOT REALLY DANGEROUS. CONTROVERSY CONCERNING THE CANADIAN DANGEROUS SEXUAL OFFENDER LEGISLATION IS REVIEWED, AND THE NEW ACT FOR THE BETTER PROTECTION OF CANADIAN SOCIETY AGAINST PERPETRATORS OF VIOLENT AND OTHER CRIMES IS CRITICIZED. THIS NEW ACT, WHICH SUPPOSEDLY WILL PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM ASSAULT BY VICIOUS CRIMINALS, DOES NO MORE THAN INCARCERATE FOR LIFE A GROUP OF SOCIALLY AND SEXUALLY INADEQUATE MISFITS IN CONDITIONS OF APPALLING DEGRADATION. SINCE THE INCREASING USE OF REPRESSIVE MEASURES WILL INEVITABLY LEAD TO AN ESCALATION OF INSTITUTIONAL VIOLENCE, CRIMINOLOGISTS HAVE AN URGENT RESPONSIBILITY TO SUGGEST VIABLE ALTERNATIVES THAT MAKE SENSE TO AN ANXIOUS AND CONFUSED PUBLIC. EXCERPTS FROM NEWSPAPER STORIES ARE INCLUDED. (PRG)
Index Term(s): Canada; Custody vs treatment conflict; Involuntary treatment; Mentally ill offenders; Persons with cognitive disabilities
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