Indeterminate Sentences for the Severely Personality Disordered

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In line with recent incapacitative efforts aimed at dealing with dangerous people in the community, the Government has proposed a new indeterminate sentence to deal with the current gap in the law which exists in relation to dangerous individuals with untreatable severe personality disorders. However, these new measures have serious civil liberty implications and are largely unworkable in practice. It is suggested that rather than introducing these new powers it would be better to consider amending deficiencies which exist in the criminal justice and mental health systems in respect of the management of violent and sexual offenders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-123
Number of pages16
JournalCriminal Law Review
Issue numberFEB.
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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