Criminal Justice, Mental Health and the Politics of Risk addresses the important issues which lie at the forefront of decision making and policy in criminal justice and health care. The book brings together several perpectives from a number of distinguished academic lawyers, criminologists, psychologists and psychiatrists. It is multi-disciplinary in its approach and is jointly edited by a lawyer, a criminologist and a psychologist - all of whom have expertise and experience in this field.
The book is written in the light of the current emphasis on risk assessment and management as well as the recent government proposals to reform mental health law and detain dangerous and severely personality disordered individuals. It provides a theoretical overview for academics and students in the fields of medical law, mental health law, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, criminology and psychiatry. In addition, the book's highly topical and pragmatic approach will appeal to numerous professionals and practitioners
Risk: The Professional, The Individual, Society and the Law. Section 1: Risk Assessment in Mental Health and Professional Responsibility. Risk Management in the Real World. Psychopathy and Risk for Recidivism and Violence. The Ethics of Clinical Risk Assessment and Management: Developing Law and The Role of Mental Health Professionals. Section 2: Risk Management and the Law. Radical Risk Management, Mental Helath and Criminal Justice. Balancing Rights and Risks: Dilemmas of Justice and Difference. Risky Money: Regulating Financial Crime. Section 3: Risk in Social Contexts. The Language and Technologies of Risk. Public Protection, Partnership and Risk Penality: The Multi-Agency Risk Management of Sexual and Violent Offenders. Riskiness and At-Risk-Ness: Some Ambiguous Features of the Current Penal Landscape