Law and the Disordered: An Explanation in Mental Health, Law, and Politics

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In the 1970's, sociologists found that mentally disordered patients were routinely committed to state hospitals. By 2005, state hospital facilities had been emptied and, consequently, the patients for whom they cared for had been shuffled elsewhere by the system. Some of these patients were placed in private hospitals. However, for many, there was no asylum-there was only jail or the street. How does our legal and mental health system handle the mentally disordered? In Law and the Disordered, George C. Klein presents a revealing survey that explores the system of processing prisoners and patients from arrest to admissions to court. In an investigation spanning over thirty years, Klein examines and evaluates the intersection of law, mental health, and social control. He additionally explores the condition of state level Department's of Mental Health and mental health legislation in an attempt to offer readers a complete picture of the system at work.

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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Sociology
As a result of the massive amount of information collected and discussed, Klein's book provides a sustained - and very thorough - examination of an important, under-studied, and growing problem in the United States…. Klein's book provides an invaluable study of the mental health and criminal justice systems and the treatment of mentally ill individuals in Chicago, and has important implications for social policy across the United States. The review of deinstitutionalization, the literature on criminalization of mental illness, and the overview of historical issues in involuntary civil commitment are all impressive and must-reads for those wanting to learn about the historical development of mental health treatment in the mental health and criminal justice systems. I would recommend this book for a variety of advanced undergraduate or graduate-level courses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761847335
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 10/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

George C. Klein, Ph.D., is professor of sociology and anthropology at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. He has served as a part-time police officer, is a trained hostage negotiator, and has served as a consultant to a SWAT team. He is also a consultant to the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy. Dr. Klein has written articles on mental health, criminal justice, hostage negotiation, and terrorism. His first book was The Adventure: The Quest for My Romanian Babies (Hamilton Books, 2007).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface: The Politics of Mental Health Chapter 2 Part I: Theory Part 3 Chapter 1: Congeneric Analysis: On the Emergence of an "Accidental" Methodology Chapter 4 Part II. The Court Part 5 Chapter 2: The Mental Health Court: The Beginning Chapter 6 Part III. Studying Down Part 7 Chapter 3: Admissions: "I Don't Reject Anybody...I'm Protecting Myself" Part 8 Chapter 4: The Police: "How Do You Talk A Mentally Ill Person Out of Being Mentally Ill? Chapter 9 Part IV. Studying Up: The Illinois Department of Mental Health and The Illinois State Legislature and the Governor's Office Part 10 Chapter 5: The Illinois Department of Mental Health: The Mental Health System? Part 11 Chapter 6: The Legislature and the Governor: Battling the Alligators Chapter 12 Part V. Conclusions Part 13 Chapter 7: Conclusions: The Passing of the Asylum; The End of the Exploration Chapter 14 Appendix: The Courts: A Dead End Chapter 15 Index Chapter 16 About the Author

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