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The focus of this book is on responses to the imprisonment of offenders with mental health problems from the 1980s to the present. This period has seen a ...
The focus of this book is on responses to the imprisonment of offenders with mental health problems from the 1980s to the present. This period has seen a major transformation in the social fabric - the shift to 'late modernity' - which in turn has had a massive impact on crime and punishment. The aim of this book is to investigate the impact of this transformation on the governance and treatment of prisoners with mental health problems. Specifically, its concern is to understand how such prisoners have come to be viewed increasingly as sources of 'risk' requiring 'management' or containment, rather than as people suitable for therapeutic responses. The book draws on primary research carried out by the author, including interviews with key informants involved in the field during this period, such as former cabinet ministers, senior civil servants, campaigners and academics.
About the Author:
Toby Seddon is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Manchester