Care or custody?: should dangerous offenders serve Custodial sentences if they are considered 'mentally disordered'

Prokic, Laura Joanne (2016) Care or custody?: should dangerous offenders serve Custodial sentences if they are considered 'mentally disordered'. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation aims to explore public perceptions revolving around the treatment and placement of mentally disordered offenders who are considered to be dangerous. Primary research was the key objective of this dissertation, accomplished through an online questionnaire, and designed to gain valuable insight into public opinion of the aforementioned topic. Secondly, a review of the key literature regarding current sentencing guidelines for mentally disordered dangerous offenders, treatment programmes and how offenders can be placed under three main, types of orders; incarceration, community orders and hospital orders. The findings of these two objectives were then critically compared.
    The main findings from this research project determined that, although there are three main orders for mentally disordered dangerous offenders, further developments in, prison-based programmes are at the forefront of government concern. This is based ,upon the lack of positive attributes of high security mental health units, such as the dangerous and severe personality disorder programme, leading to its replacement with the Offender Personality Disorder pathways. Primary research suggests that public perceptions align with current developments: It is believed that offenders need sufficient care, without the loss of punishment as an aspect of their sentencing, and with specific mention to accountability not being diminished. The results of this study show that public opinion can correlate with current developments in legislative programmes. This is an aspect of the findings that allows for future research to assess whether programmes, such as the Offenders Personality Disorder pathway, continue to receive public approval and that the treatment of mentally disordered dangerous offenders is on the right track.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 11:12
    Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 11:12
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22451

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