Professional Accountability in the Treatment and Release of Dangerous Persons

  • R. Kirkland Schwitzgebel
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 1)


Before I began writing this chapter, I was physically threatened by a group of teen-agers while walking to my car in an economically depressed area of an East Coast city. A few days later, I witnessed an attack upon a person in a different city. I did what I could to help him, but it was clearly not enough. I held his hand as he died on the sidewalk of the city waiting for an ambulance that arrived 20 minutes too late. As far as I could tell, he was a fairly typical, and none the less important, inhabitant of skid row. His world came to an abrupt and unnecessary end because of the casual cruelty of a few youths.


Mental Hospital Civil Liability Public Accountability Preventive Detention Malpractice Suit 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Kirkland Schwitzgebel
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCalifornia Lutheran CollegeThousand OaksUSA

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