Journal article

The maelstrom of punishment, mental illness, intellectual disability and cognitive impairment

M Segrave, C Spivakovsky, A Eriksson

Punishment & Society | SAGE Publications | Published : 2017

Abstract

While the issue of mental health and its intersection with the criminal justice system has gained traction in recent years, there remains a limited examination of the full remit of offenders with disabilities and cognitive impairments in prison, and the ways in which punishment is utilized to respond, control and contain these individuals’ lives. The rising over-representation of people with mental illness, disabilities and/or cognitive impairments in the criminal justice system and in prisons in particular is a global trend, often explained simply by the absence of or decline in appropriate mental healthcare over time. However, such surface explanation has allowed for certain troubling noti..

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