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Training aspects of the Birmingham court diversion scheme

  • N. M. J. Kennedy (a1) and M. Ward (a2)
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Recent developments in the criminal justice system (Home Office, 1990) have highlighted the need to divert the mentally disordered offender away from custody whenever practical. To this end a number of pilot schemes have been developed within the National Health Service. The West Midlands Regional Forensic Service, together with the West Midlands Probation Service Court Liaison Team recently initiated a project based in the Central Police “lock up” in Birmingham. This scheme differs from others in that defendants are screened prior to their appearance before the court (James & Hamilton, 1991; Joseph & Potter, 1990).

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Home Office (1990) Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons 1989. London: HMSO.
Home Office (1990) HMP Brixton: Report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. London: Home Office.
James, D. V. & Hamilton, L. W. (1991) The Clerkenwell scheme: assessing efficacy and cost of a psychiatric liaison service to a magistrates' court. British Medical Journal, 303, 282285.
Joseph, P. L. & Potter, M. (1990) Mentally disordered homeless offenders: diversion from custody. Health Trends, 22, 5153.
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BJPsych Bulletin
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Training aspects of the Birmingham court diversion scheme

  • N. M. J. Kennedy (a1) and M. Ward (a2)
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