Treating mentally disordered prisoners

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7020.1641b (Published 16 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1641
  1. R W K Reeves, Consultant forensic psychiatrist Fromeside Clinic, Stapleton
  1. Bristol BS16 1ED

    Mental Health Act Commission should visit prisons

    EDITOR,--“The numbers of untreated psychotic men in prison will grow,” state H Needham-Bennett and I Cumming.1 In the late 1950s the doors of local mental hospitals were unlocked and Broadmoor Hospital became so overcrowded that it was difficult to run a therapeutic regime. The private hospitals, starting with St Andrew's in Northampton, then expanded and absorbed many patients who needed some security. The private hospitals were followed by the regional secure units, which in their turn absorbed many patients who were difficult …

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