Mentally ill offenders are being wrongly held in prisons

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1095
  1. Paul Stephenson
  1. London

    The government must act to ensure that courts divert mentally ill offenders away from custodial sentences or into appropriate hospital or other treatment facilities, to cope with the mental health crisis in prisons, ministers were told this week.

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    The call came at a conference in London on the mental health problems of male prisoners, held by the Prison Reform Trust and mental health charity Mind and addressed by the prisons minister, Paul Goggins, and the chief inspector of prisons, Ann Owers.

    The conference heard how …

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