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Denise Kindschi Gosselin's
Crime and Mental Disorders:
The Criminal Justice Response


The newest entry in the cutting-edge topic of Mental Illness and Crime, this practically focused and straight-forward book from Denise Kindschi Gosselin is appropriate for both graduate and undergraduate courses. Broadly addressing psychiatric disorders, it is written to bridge the gap of information between the two disciplines of criminal justice and mental health. A must-read text for any student or professional as they consider responses to issues of mental disorders. Written from the criminal justice perspective, controversies and program evaluations are presented.

Organized into five sections, Mental Illness and Crime—Part I UNDERSTANDING MENTAL ILLNESS concern the history (past and present), classifications, and introduction to the criminal justice issues on the responses to people with mental illness. Part II THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE examines the criminal justice involved encounters that occur outside of the traditional system, involving intervention, collaboration, and civil commitment. Part III CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESPONSES look at law and policy of law enforcement, the criminal court and corrections. Part IV ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION reflects recent changes to reentry and community corrections. The juvenile justice component includes the brief system responses to juveniles with mental disorders. Part V GLOBAL ISSUES stands alone as chapter 14 to remind us that we are not alone! The issues and system responses are not unique to the United States. This chapter puts us in perspective with the world around us.

Thought-provoking “crucial questions” and end of chapter review questions facilitate class discussion while “In My Experience” questions draw upon the author's career as a Massachusetts state trooper. With test banks and PowerPoint slides, this book is designed to engage your students and support your teaching.

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