Mentally disordered offenders in prison: a tale of neglect

  • Knight L
  • Stephens M
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The Prison Service's increased emphasis on security and control has generated many obstacles for the effective delivery of psychiatric care to mentally disordered prisoners. Such prisoners do not have the necessary mental strength or coping mechanisms to deal with the 'prison culture' and this is particularly so for women, young people and ethnic minorities. Conflicting ideologies between the prison regime and the NHS mean that the mental health services available to prisoners are limited. Therapeutic communities offer a potential solution to the dire situation the Prison Service finds itself in.




Knight, L., & Stephens, M. (2009). Mentally disordered offenders in prison: a tale of neglect. Internet Journal of Criminology, 1–15.

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