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Crime and madness 

Crime and madness
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Crime and madness
Author(s):

Annie Bartlett

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199640928.003.0002
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date: 18 September 2019

This chapter describes the way in which crime and madness are thought to be connected and the corresponding responses of both the criminal justice system and the health service in England and Wales. This outlines institutional mechanisms to place and process individuals whose mental health problems have led them to break the law. The origins, development and current configuration of secure hospital care in England and Wales are outlined. This includes consideration of the difficulties encountered in providing high-quality care in these settings.

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