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Int J Law Psychiatry. 2014 Sep-Oct;37(5):484-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2014.02.021. Epub 2014 Mar 13.

Mental disorder and probation policy and practice: a view from the UK.

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  • 1Centre for Criminology and Sociology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Surrey TW20 0EX, United Kingdom. Electronic address: charlie.brooker@rhul.ac.uk.
  • 2Centre for Criminology and Sociology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Surrey TW20 0EX, United Kingdom.
  • 3School of Health and Social Care, Bridge House, University of Lincoln, Brayford Campus, Lincoln LN6 7TS, United Kingdom.

Abstract

This article is concerned with the manner in which offenders with mental illnesses serving community sentences are identified and treated by the probation service in the UK. It presents the results of recent research examining the prevalence levels of current and lifetime mental illness, substance misuse, and dual diagnosis and suicide rates amongst those serving community sentences in the UK. These high levels of mental disorder are not being addressed by probation policy or practice in a manner that is effective or sensitive. The article concludes by considering the relevance of innovative approaches to the treatment of offenders with mental illnesses in the community currently being adopted in the US to the UK.

KEYWORDS:

Mental illness; Prevalence rates; Probation; Substance misuse; Suicide

PMID:
24631527
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijlp.2014.02.021
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