The assessment of criminal behaviours of clients in secure settings poses a number of particular problems; the behaviour in question is neither currently evident, nor can it ethically be elicited. This results in a great reliance on official records and self-report, with the inevitable attendant problems of validity. Notwithstanding this, assessment is used for making critical decisions about a person's liberty and treatment, providing information for courts before sentencing and identifying strategies to be written into sentence plans and treatment plans. Recognising the assessment of criminal behaviour to be a complex and important skill, this text draws from a wide range of professional experience to give guidance to prison officers, probation officers and social workers, as well as psychiatrists and psychologists who are involved in the assessment of criminal behaviour. Report writing and the presentation of information in court, both of which form part of the important task undertaken by the professionals involved, are explored in separate chapters.
About the Author
Mary McMurran is Principal Clinical Psychologist at Rampton Hospital, and Honorary Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Leicester University. She has ten years' experience as a Prison Psychologist, with her main area of interest being drinking and delinquency. She has several publications, mainly in the British Journal of Addiction and the British Journal of Criminology, and is Publications Editor for the British Psychological Society's Division of Criminological and Legal Psychology. John Hodge is Director of Psychological Services at Rampton Hospital, and co-editor with Ian Hanley of Psychological Approaches to the Care of the Elderly.
Table of Contents1. Introduction, Mary McMurran and John Hodge (Rampton Hospital). 2. Special demands of the secure setting, Ilona Kruppa and Mark Gresswell (Rampton Hospital). 3. Background to behaviour analysis, Mike Lee-Evans (Kneesworth House Hospital). 4. Assessment of sexual offenders, Dr David Briggs (Rampton Hospital). 5. Assessment of violent offenders, Dr Cynthia MacDougall (HMP Wakefield). 6. Assessment of arsonists, Dr Howard Jackson (Ashworth Hospital). 7. Report writing, Dr Carol Brady and Andrew Benn (Rampton Hospital). 8. Presenting information in court, Dr Gisli Gudjonsson (Maudsley Hospital). 9. Conclusion, Mary McMurran and John Hodge.