Punishment and Madness: Governing Prisoners with Mental Health Problems [NOOK Book]

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The imprisonment of offenders with mental health problems is one of the most dismaying, unsettling and controversial aspects of contemporary penal practice. Itis also an enduring and longstanding problem, with prison reformers from John Howard onwards disapprovingly noting the presence of the 'insane' in penal institutions.

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 ...

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Punishment and Madness: Governing Prisoners with Mental Health Problems

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Overview

The imprisonment of offenders with mental health problems is one of the most dismaying, unsettling and controversial aspects of contemporary penal practice. Itis also an enduring and longstanding problem, with prison reformers from John Howard onwards disapprovingly noting the presence of the 'insane' in penal institutions.

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135308438
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/12/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • File size: 589 KB

Meet the Author

Toby Seddon is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Law at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents


List of Tables     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
Introduction: Punishment, prisons and madness     1
Background and context     1
Research guestions and key themes     9
Overview of the book     16
A brief history of imprisoning the 'mad'     19
The 'Great Confinement': 'Madness' in the houses of correction     20
'Madness' in the early modern prison     22
'Madness' and the Victorian penal system     24
'Madness' and the emergence of penal-welfarism     28
The rise of prison psychology and psychiatry     31
'Madness' in the era of rehabilitation     33
Conclusion     39
The New Right and managerialism, 1980-1990     41
Context: Britain in the 1980s     41
Prisons and mental health under the Thatcher administrations     47
Conclusions     64
The Woolf report and prison reform, 1990-1993     69
Context: Political and penal 'crises'     69
Woolf, Reed and prisoners with mental health problems     72
Conclusions     94
Penal populism and austere institutions, 1993-1997     97
Context: 'Back to basics'     97
Howard's way: Penal populism?     99
Conclusions     117
New Labour and risk management, 1997-2005     123
Context: The rise of New Labour     123
Refiguring health care and managing 'dangerous' offenders     125
Conclusions     145
Conclusions     149
The impact of late modernity on the government of prisoners with mental health problems     150
Critical issues and themes     156
Future policy and research     162
Punishment and madness     169
Appendix     171
References     173
Index     193
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