Re-offending rates are lower among offenders treated in secure hospitals than among mentally ill people held in prison

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 11 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6447
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The reconviction rate for offenders treated at Broadmoor, one of four high security hospitals in the UK, is between four and six times lower than for mentally ill offenders held in prison, says the clinical lead at the hospital.

And of those discharged from Broadmoor, only one patient in 17 returns, giving a success rate of 95%, said consultant psychiatrist Mrigendra Das.

Broadmoor, like the other high security hospitals, specialises in treating and rehabilitating the highest risk mentally disordered offenders. Patients include Peter Sutcliffe, the serial killer dubbed the Yorkshire …

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