Social Accountability

Preface to an Integrated Theory of Criminal and Mental Health Sanctions
  • John Monahan
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 1)


When the definitive legal history of the 20th century is written, the 1960s may well be remembered as a time when the spotlight of judicial attention turned to the rights of those accused of crime. The 1970s, it now appears, may be recorded as the time when that spotlight moved toward the rights of those accused of mental illness. With the 1975 United States Supreme Court decision on the “right to treatment” (O’Connor v. Donaldson), the mental hospital has begun to overtake the prison as the focus of contemporary legal scholarship.


Mental Health Criminal Justice System Mental Hospital Criminal Sanction Social Accountability 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Monahan
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California at IrvineIrvineUSA

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