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Publication date: 1 February 2002

Herschel Prins

There are three themes in this short paper. First, a brief historical context; second, the semantics of ‘dangerousness’ and ‘risk’; third, some issues that emerge from…

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There are three themes in this short paper. First, a brief historical context; second, the semantics of ‘dangerousness’ and ‘risk’; third, some issues that emerge from recent inquiries into homicides committed by persons known to the psychiatric service.

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The British Journal of Forensic Practice, vol. 4 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6646

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Publication date: 1 February 1999

Herschel Prins

The offence of arson is examined within a very brief cultural and historical context; reference is made to the law and the size of the problem in the UK and elsewhere…

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The offence of arson is examined within a very brief cultural and historical context; reference is made to the law and the size of the problem in the UK and elsewhere. Some typologies are put forward and proffered for improving understanding and management.

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The British Journal of Forensic Practice, vol. 1 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6646

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Publication date: 1 September 1999

Herschel Prins

Some problems involved in the one‐to‐one management of offenders and offender‐patients demonstrating severe personality disorder (psychopathic disorder) are reviewed…

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Some problems involved in the one‐to‐one management of offenders and offender‐patients demonstrating severe personality disorder (psychopathic disorder) are reviewed against a background of current public and central government concerns.

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The British Journal of Forensic Practice, vol. 1 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6646

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Publication date: 1 June 2000

Herschel Prins

So‐called ‘serial killing’ is frequently a topic of both professional and media concern and comment. As such, the term can be misused and may serve to obfuscate rather…

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So‐called ‘serial killing’ is frequently a topic of both professional and media concern and comment. As such, the term can be misused and may serve to obfuscate rather than illuminate.This short contribution proposes a socio‐legal classification of all forms of unlawful killing into which serial killing might best be fitted.

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The British Journal of Forensic Practice, vol. 2 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6646

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Publication date: 1 July 2001

Herschel Prins

Although there is an abundance of literature dealing with the techniques of work with offenders and offender‐patients, less attention has been paid to alternative and…

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Although there is an abundance of literature dealing with the techniques of work with offenders and offender‐patients, less attention has been paid to alternative and additional means of invoking empathy and insight into behaviours that often produce anxiety, confusion and, on occasion, abhorrence. This article attempts to redress the balance.

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The British Journal of Forensic Practice, vol. 3 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6646

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Publication date: 21 September 2015

Ian Cummins

The failings of “community care” in the late 1980s and early 1990s led to a number of inquiries. The purpose of this paper is to examine one of these key issues that is…

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Purpose

The failings of “community care” in the late 1980s and early 1990s led to a number of inquiries. The purpose of this paper is to examine one of these key issues that is rarely if ever at the forefront of the inquiry process – the experiences of young black men of African-Caribbean origin within mental health services and the Criminal Justice System (CJS).

Design/methodology/approach

It sets out to do this by exploring the way in which two inquiries, both from the early 1990s, approached the issues of race, racism and psychiatry. The two inquiries are the Ritchie Inquiry (1994) into the Care and Treatment of Christopher Clunis and Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the death of Orville Blackwood and a Review of the Deaths of Two Other African-Caribbean Patients (Prins, 1994). The Ritchie Inquiry was established following the murder of Jonathan Zito by Christopher Clunis. The Prins Inquiry examined the circumstances of the death of Orville Blackwood at Broadmoor Special Hospital.

Findings

These two inquiries are used as contrasting case studies as a means of examining the approaches to the questions of race and racism. However, the attitudes and approaches that the inquiries took to the issue of race are startlingly different. The Prins Inquiry takes a very clear position that racism was a feature of service provision whilst the Ritchie Inquiry is much more equivocal.

Originality/value

These issues remain relevant for current practice across mental health and CJS systems where young black men are still over-represented. The deaths of black men in mental health and CJS systems continue to scar these institutions and family continue to struggle for answers and justice.

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International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, vol. 8 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2056-4902

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Publication date: 20 April 2009

Hayley Stokes, Louise Dixon and Anthony Beech

This study aims to use pre‐treatment assessment scores to predict the drop out of 103 incarcerated male violent perpetrators undertaking a long‐term aggression programme…

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This study aims to use pre‐treatment assessment scores to predict the drop out of 103 incarcerated male violent perpetrators undertaking a long‐term aggression programme, namely the Cognitive Self Change Programme (CSCP), in six English prisons. A hierarchy of best predictors of attrition in this sample is developed. Results found eight out of the 46 assessment variables analysed had a significant association with treatment drop out. Further to this, discriminant function analysis predicted group membership with 80% accuracy, successfully distinguishing perpetrators who dropped out of the programme from those who completed it. The findings support the use of identifying risk factors pre‐treatment to predict drop out and offer a practical way to identify group members who are likely to drop out of the CSCP in addition to identifying markers for programme improvement. The need for further research to increase our understanding of the underlying causal explanations that link specific assessment items to treatment dropout is discussed.

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Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, vol. 1 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1759-6599

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Publication date: 1 July 2001

Graham Towl, Norman McClelland and David Crighton

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The British Journal of Forensic Practice, vol. 3 no. 2
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ISSN: 1463-6646

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Publication date: 1 June 2000

Norman McClelland and Graham Towl

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The British Journal of Forensic Practice, vol. 2 no. 2
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ISSN: 1463-6646

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Publication date: 1 September 1999

Graham Towl and Adrian Bates

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The British Journal of Forensic Practice, vol. 1 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-6646

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