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Mental health, crime and criminal justice: responses and reforms

Mental health, crime and criminal justice: responses and reforms

Winstone, Jane, editor

This text offers a solution-focused response to the debates around youth and adult mentally disordered offenders. It draws on the knowledge and experience of academics and professionals who constructively explore ways to integrate research evidence and practitioner knowledge into current and future initiatives

Book. English.
Published Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Jane Winstone
ISBN: 1137453877, 9781137453877
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xvii, 301 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
Subject: Crime.; Criminal justice, Administration of.; Mentally ill offenders.

Author note

Bruce Arrigo, University of North Carolina, USA

Heather Y. Bersot, University of North Carolina, USA

Rob Canton, De Montfort University, USA

Prathiba Chitsabesan, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, UK

Charles de Lacy, Central Criminal Court, UK

Svenja Göbbels, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Melbourne, Australia

Taffy Gatawa, Royal Surrey County Hospital, UK

Anita Green, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Nathan Hall, University of Portsmouth, UK

Marilyn Hammick, , Bournemouth University and Birmingham City University, UK

Sarah Hean, University of Stavanger, Norway

Nathan Hughes, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia and University of Birmingham, UK

Lucy Jo Matthews, Independent Researcher

James McGuire, University of Liverpool, UK

Gillian Ormston, Intelligent Awakenings Ltd, UK

Madeline Petrillo, University of Portsmouth, UK

Aaron Pycroft, University of Portsmouth, UK

Leighe Rogers, Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust, UK

Ruth Scalley, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, UK

Jo Thakker, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Jemma Tyson, University of Portsmouth, UK

Elizabeth Walsh, the University of Leeds, UK

Tony Ward, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Jane Winstone, University of Portsmouth, UK


'Criminal justice-based mental health services have been seriously grappling with internal and external pressures for many years. Various "reform" efforts have come and gone over time. Some have lingered; others have succeeded. For this valuable volume, Jane Winstone has gathered a knowledgeable international group of mental health and criminal justice scholars, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and service-recipients. In more than a dozen articles, Winstone and her contributors present an experienced array of cogent insights, purposeful proscriptions, and sage advice that will improve day-to-day practice and program outcomes.' Russ Immarigeon, Editor, Pathways for Offender Reentry

'This is a unique and fascinating read and it's hard to imagine it going out of date for some considerable time. It contains a variety of topics drawn from quite different fields of knowledge to review the interface between criminal justice and mental health and propose solutions for the challenges faced. The issues covered include a thorough review of the intervention evidence base, psychological jurisprudence, desistance theory, trauma, and multi-agency collaboration. Winstone has done an excellent job in tying these varied themes together to produce a comprehensive text in this critical policy area.' - Graham Durcan, Associate Director, Criminal Justice Programme, Centre for Mental Health, UK

Back cover copy

It has long been known that the pathway through the criminal justice system for those with mental health needs is fraught with difficulty. This interdisciplinary collection explores key issues in mental health, crime and criminal justice, including: offenders' rights; intervention designs; desistance; health-informed approaches to offending and the medical needs of offenders; psychological jurisprudence, and; collaborative and multi-agency practice. 
This volume draws on the knowledge of professionals and academics working in this field internationally, as well as the experience of service users. It offers a solution-focused response to these issues, and promotes both equality and quality of experience for service users. It will be essential reading for practitioners, scholars and students with an interest in forensic mental health and criminal justice.