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Mental health and criminal justice : a review of the relationship between mental disorders and offending behaviours and on the management of mentally abnormal offenders in the health and criminal justice services


This paper considers the current state of knowledge, research priorities and policy implications of the relationship between offending behaviour and major mental disorder, intellectual disability, brain damage and neurological disorders including epilepsy, and substance abuse; the methodological limitations of existing studies; effect size and practical significance; the step from associations to risks, and from risks to predictions; the influences of changing patterns of mental health care service delivery and the burgeoning prison population; managing mental disorders in the criminal justice system; and managing the risk of future offending among the mentally disordered in the mental health services. The report includes a number of appendices, which mostly consist of articles reprinted from other publications. Most of these are not included in the online version of the report.

Note on appendices

The online version of this report does not include the following appendices:

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