New Law, New Enlightenment? Will Reform of Current Mental Health Legislation Lead to Improved Care for Mentally Disordered Offenders?

Martin Humphreys (University of Birmingham)
Jeremy Kenney‐Herbert (Reaside Clinic)

The British Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 1463-6646

Publication date: 1 December 2000

Abstract

This paper sets current proposals for reform of mental health legislation in the context of historical development of care for mentally disordered offenders and those who require similar services. The authors reflect on the fact that the National Service Framework and the various documents related to reform of the Mental Health Act 1983, seem to do little to address the area of the treatment of people suffering from psychiatric disorders who fall foul of the criminal justice system and bring little that is new to the field of forensic practice. They suggest that the ‘safety first’ approach seems still to be paramount.

Citation

Humphreys, M. and Kenney‐Herbert, J. (2000), "New Law, New Enlightenment? Will Reform of Current Mental Health Legislation Lead to Improved Care for Mentally Disordered Offenders?", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 17-21. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636646200000029

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