1st Edition

Safeguarding the Quality of Forensic Assessment in Sentencing A Review Across Western Nations

Edited By Michiel Van der Wolf Copyright 2022
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited collection provides an interdisciplinary and cross-national perspective on safeguarding the quality of forensic assessment in sentencing offenders.

    Taking an in-depth look at seven different Western countries, each chapter provides an overview of the role of assessment in sentencing offenders, as well as a focus on formal ways in which the respective country’s legal system and disciplinary associations protect the quality of forensic assessment. Each chapter explores how to assure better decision making in individual cases based on assessments of psycholegal concepts such as mental disorder/insanity, criminal responsibility and dangerousness.

    Combining the perspectives of lawyers, legal scholars, and clinicians working in the field, this book is essential for those working in and with forensic assessment.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

    1. Introduction

    Michiel van der Wolf

    2. Contemplations and discussions on the quality of forensic assessment in sentencing: Puzzling pieces for decision-makers

    Michiel van der Wolf & Michiel de Vries-Robbé

    3. An English perspective

    Adrian Grounds & Nicola Padfield

    4. An American perspective

    Christopher King, Lauren Grove, Brooke Stettler & Sharon Kelley

    5. A Canadian perspective

    Michelle S. Lawrence & David W. Morgan

    6. An Australian perspective

    Jamie Walvisch & Andrew Carroll

    7. A German perspective

    Johannes Kaspar & Susanne Stübner

    8. A Swedish perspective

    Tova Bennet, Malin Hildebrand Karlén & Lena Wahlberg

    9. A Dutch perspective

    Michiel van der Wolf, Hjalmar van Marle & Sabine Roza

    10. Comparative analysis

    Michiel van der Wolf


    Michiel van der Wolf is a professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Leiden University and associate professor in Criminal Law at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.