Prison Psychiatry

  • Norbert Konrad
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 46)


Despite countless promises for a better life in prisons by national commissions, governments and the international community, there is a vicious cycle of neglect, abandonment, indignity, inhuman treatment, and punishment of persons with mental illness. From an American view, some authors have argued that the de-institutionalisation movement has resulted in new places of confinement for this population, such as jails, prisons and homeless shelters (Gostin 2008). Recently homelessness has become far more common among US state and federal prison inmates than the general population (Greenberg and Rosenheck 2008). On the other hand, at least in Norway, the rise in incarceration rates can only be attributed to de-institutionalisation to a very limited extent (Hartvig and Kjelsberg 2009). From a European view current national and international data bases are insufficient to firmly conclude or otherwise on a link between general psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and penitentiaries and to identify inappropriate patient shifting (Salize et al. 2008).


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Suicidal Behaviour Personality Disorder Psychotic Illness Methadone Maintenance Therapy 
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  1. 1.Institute of Forensic Psychiatry, CharitéUniversity Medicine BerlinBerlinGermany

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