forensic care programmes in the prison system

forensic care programmes in the prison system

Study carried out at six penal institutions into signalling, care indication and placement (full text only available in Dutch)


The study focuses on the forensic care and the basic mental health care provided for prisoners (pre-trial detainees, convicted persons and repeat offenders (ISD)) from the time that they arrive at the penal institution (PI) until the time that they leave the PI. Forensic care is defined as mental health care, care for drug addicts or care for individuals with a mental disability that is part of a (conditional) punishment or measure or the implementation thereof, or another criminal punishment. There is also basic mental care provided in every PI. This care is provided by a multidisciplinary team – the Psycho-Medical Team (PMO) – consisting of a prison psychologist, the psychiatrist from the Dutch Institution for Psychiatry and Psychology (NIFP) and the medical service. The study provides answers to four central research questions:

  1. What form does the decision-making take in the PMO?
  2. Are placements carried out in accordance with the procedures set up concerning this?
  3. What happens to prisoners who do not join a care programme but for whom this is desirable?
  4. What form does the care programme for prisoners take?

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Roorda, W., Buysse, W., Verwest, A. (ass.), Scherders, S. (ass.)
DSP-groep, WODC
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