Gavin Wilkinson on why changes in technology are bringing problems to people’s mental-health as well as benefits, and why we need to understand these changes if we want to reduce re-offending
Gavin Wilkinson on why taking a more considered long-term view of offender progress through treatment is important to help reduce re-offending
Being imprisoned is more painful and traumatic for women than it is for men, according to new research published in our journal, The British Journal of Criminology.
The research, by Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley and Serena Wright of the University of Cambridge, draws on interviews and surveys with prisoners serving sentences of 15 years or more.
Paul Bebbington writes on new research that finds mental health problems in prison are high, and getting worse
More than one third of victims of crime with mental health problems experienced negative reactions from police officers when they disclosed their condition, according to new research (£) published in the latest issue of Centre's academic journal, The British Journal of Criminology (BJC).
Many also reported not being believed. One female, a victim of partner violence, anti-social behaviour, threats and harassment, told researchers:
Criminalisation and criminal justice responses are the cause of more harm than good, argues Richard Garside
A review of mental health crisis care in England and Wales by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that the police are regularly the first point of contact for those in mental distress.
Nightime is often the peak time for acute mental health episodes, the report found, with many mental health services geared to operate during the day. As a result the police were often left operating as first responders to those in crisis.
Teenagers with mental health needs will no longer be held in police cells for their safety, reports The Guardian. The new reforms will be announced later this week by the Home Secretary Theresa May. The maximum time someone in mental distress can be detained by the police will also be reduced from 72 to 24 hours.
A 16 year old girl in the middle of a mental health crisis has been held in a police cell for 48 hours because there were no hospital beds available, The Independent reports. Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton of Devon and Cornwall Police revealed the incident in a tweet on Saturday night.
This review, sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, examined international evidence about the links between institutional care and poverty in order to identify strategies for reducing the risks in the four countries of the UK.