Description: This updated book incorporates much of the recent data on the treatment and evaluation of mental health patients in a correctional setting, and addresses many of the constantly changing legal concepts involving this population.
Purpose: Written to update and improve upon the first edition, this edition is more voluminous, better researched, and more clinically oriented.
Audience: Although directed "at a wide-ranging audience," which includes virtually all those involved in the delivery of care to mental health patients in correctional institutions, the book is targeted primarily at those specifically assessing and treating psychiatric patients.
Features: The first of the three sections discusses "core concepts regarding correctional systems and legal issues" in the care of patients, while the second focuses on evaluating and treating this population. The third addresses special populations in correctional institutions, such as those on condemned row and in "supermax" prisons. Each chapter ends with a summary of key points, and numerous case examples illustrate important concepts. Chapters also include many diagrams, tables, and charts, as well as extensive lists of references.
Assessment: With the dearth of literature on this patient population, this update is much needed and well done. It appears that many of the shortcomings in the previous edition have been skillfully managed. Of particular note, the chapters outlining the assessment of malingering in correctional settings, pharmacotherapy in correctional settings, and "supermax" units and death row are timely, well researched, and practical. Overall, this edition is another step forward in the understanding of inmates and their psychiatric treatment.