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    The Mental Health Rights of Inmates: A History

    Yanofski, J. Prisoners v. Prisons: A History of Correctional Mental Health Rights. Psychiatry 7(10):41-44, 2010. By Lori Whitten, Staff Writer, RTI International, Rockville, MD The history of the prisoners' civil rights movement can be traced to the early 1960s, when an inmate successfully sued a prison for the first time in the United States Supreme Court. In Cooper v. Pate (1964), the inmate, Thomas Cooper, asserted his constitutional right to purchase Muslim reading material. The Cooper ruling...
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    Considerations for Death Row Psychiatry Programs

    Yanofski, J. Setting up a death row psychiatry program. Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience 8(2):19-22, 2011. By Lori Whitten, Staff Writer, RTI International, Rockville, MD Almost half of inmates incarcerated for capital crimes suffered from mental illness prior to their infraction. Jason Yanofski, M.D., argues that correctional institutions with significant death row populations should form teams to establish uniform policies regarding mental health treatment of such inmates. Since 1976, when...
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    The Role of Probation in Forensic Assertive Community Treatment

    by J. Steven Lambert, Alison Deem, Robert L. Weisman, and Casey LaDuke (2011). "The Role of Probation in Forensic Assertive Community Treatment." Psychiatric Services, 62(4): 418-421. Forensic assertive community treatment (FACT) was adapted from assertive community treatment (ACT) as a bridge between criminal justice and mental health. Given the increased visibility of mental health populations, and the interdisciplinary development of these fields, it is not surprising that criminal justice...
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    Corrections, Mental Health, and Social Policy: International Perspectives

    by Robert K. Ax and Thomas J. Fagan, eds., (2007). Corrections, Mental Health, and Social Policy: International Perspectives . Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, Publisher Ltd., $63.95, 418 + xxvii pages. In this, the middle volume of their three-part series, Robert Ax and Thomas Fagan, co-editors of the Correctional Mental Health Handbook (SAGE, 2003) and Correctional Mental Health (SAGE, 2011), give more extended attention to international developments in correctional mental health, although the...
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    Forensic Risk Assessment: A Meta-review

    by Jay P. Singh and Seena Fazel (2010). Criminal Justice and Behavior, 37(9), 965-988. Over 80 years ago the Chicago sociologist Ernest W. Burgess conducted the first violence risk assessment study, “Factors determining success or failure on parole.” In 2009, a thorough search of different sources found 6,093 risk assessment-related studies, three times as many as just a decade before. Naturally, one consequence of these escalating research efforts is an interest in the validity of the...
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    Forensic Social Work: Psychosocial and Legal Issues in Diverse Practice Settings

    Tina Maschi, Carolyn Bradley, and Kelly Ward, eds. Forensic Social Work: Psychosocial and Legal Issues in Diverse Practice Settings. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2009. xvii + 398 pp., ISBN 978-0-8261-185 7-8 (hbk) Social work has a rich and scarcely-told history in criminal justice, and only recently have social workers begun to market introductory texts, topical readers, or collected essays. One artifact of mass imprisonment in the United States is that social workers are starting to give...
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    The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology

    Jennifer M. Brown and Elizabeth A. Campbell , eds. The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psycholog y. New York: Cambridge University Press. xxiii + 900 pp., ISBN 978-0521-70181-5 (pbk) Forensic psychology dates back to the late 19 th and the early 20 th centuries. Americans may recall William Healy’s groundbreaking efforts in 1915 to start a clinic in Chicago that would diagnose “problem children.” In 1931, Howard Burtt produced the first legal psychology textbook. Three decades later...
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    Handbook of Forensic Mental Health

    Keith Soothill, Paul Rogers, and Mairead Dolan, eds. Handbook of Forensic Mental Health. Portland: Willan Publishing. 2008. xxvii + 627 pp., ISBN 1-84392-261-2 (pbk) Forensic mental health, at least as a formal term of practice and inquiry, is less than 40 years old. Nearl y 20 years ago, a schizophrenic patient recently released from hospital murdered a young British boy, giving a significant push to the rapid advance of forensic mental health work in the United Kingdom. In this compendium of nearly...
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