Letters

Prisons, too, are institutions for psychiatric care

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7393.824 (Published 12 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:824
  1. Jay E Smith, consultant in forensic rehabilitation ([email protected])
  1. John Howard Centre, London E9 2AT

    EDITOR—In their editorial on the reinstitutionalisaton of mental health care Priebe and Turner overlook an important current place of institutional psychiatric care—the prison service.1 Like the expansion of forensic psychiatric services, this has been a global phenomenon, reported in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Europe.

    In UK prisoner populations …

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