Special Considerations in the Inhospital Treatment of Dangerously Violent Juveniles

  • Gloria Faretra
  • Gary J. Grad
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 4)


In this chapter we will discuss the psychiatric inpatient treatment of a group of adolescents, 13 years of age and older, who have been convicted of committing violent crimes and who are thereafter found to require psychiatric hospitalization. We have derived treatment concepts and techniques from our experience working within a state psychiatric hospital unit specifically delineated to treat juveniles who between their 13th and 16th birthdays committed crimes for which they were held accountable as adults in the criminal justice system.The New York State Juvenile Offender Law1 describes 18 severe crimes for which conviction leads to sentencing as an adult. These include such offenses as homicide, rape, sodomy, kidnapping, assault, manslaughter, arson, and armed robbery. Those juveniles who might require psychiatric hospitalization during their incarceration cannot legally be inpatients with civil populations. Therefore, this unit was established by the State Office of Mental Health and has statewide responsibility.


Violent Crime Professional Staff Psychiatric Disturbance Armed Robbery Treatment Assistant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gloria Faretra
    • 1
  • Gary J. Grad
    • 1
  1. 1.Queens Children’s Psychiatric CenterBelle-roseUSA

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