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Judge: HMP Dodds or Psychiatric?

Judge: HMP Dodds or Psychiatric? Justice Maureen Crane-Scott. (FP)

Fri, November 16, 2012 - 12:11 AM

Where is the best place to put a convicted person with a long history of psychiatric illness?

This is the question a high court judge posed yesterday when, for the second time in as many days, she was faced with a man with a long criminal and mental history who was awaiting sentencing.

Justice Maureen Crane-Scott, presiding over the Continuous Criminal Sessions in the No. 5 Supreme Court this year, said the instances of accused people with histories of mental illness had been increasing.

“And it is becoming an issue,” she noted.

The issue, the judge said, was where should the court send them so they would get the help that they needed.

“Do we send them to the structured environment of HMP Dodds where they get structured help?

“Do we send them to the Psychiatric Hospital, or do we send them, as some judges in the region have been doing, to their families and let their families take them to the hospital?” (HLE)

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Posted by Rod mann 1 year, 10 months ago
I think a good dose of some good prison time should straighten him right out ,as we can see the psychiatric hospital doesn't seem to be working.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 10 months ago
She has to ponder this "question"?

I woulda thought the answer was fairly darned obvious! -especially in her capacity!
Society must be protected from errant individuals like this.
We have places to put people with such problems.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 10 months ago
@ ROD MAN: I am not seeing the same as you. What is your basis for concluding that the Psychiatric Hospital seems not to be working?
What we do need is a psychiatric wing of our prison, since we can ill afford a psychiatric prison.

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