The British Psychological Society Welcomes Call To Keep Mentally Ill Offenders Out Of Prison, UK

February 25, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The British Psychological Society has welcomed the publication of the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health report Diversion: A Better Way for Criminal Justice and Mental Health.

The President of the Society, Dr Elizabeth Campbell from the University of Glasgow, says:”Psychologists working in the National Health Service have the skills to help many of the people who are currently caught up in the criminal justice system.

“As the Sainsbury Centre report shows, there are strong arguments for treating many offenders with mental health problems rather than imprisoning them. It reduces reoffending, saves public money and leads to better mental health for the offenders.

“The government should now invest more in training professional psychologists. There is no shortage of work for psychologists to do and no shortage of people wanting to enter the profession, but the bottleneck in training places means too many able young people are disappointed.”

British Psychological Society



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