Antisocial Personality Disorder and Therapeutic Justice Court Programs

Journal of Judicial Administration, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 99, October 2012

29 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2012 Last revised: 2 Aug 2014

Andrew J. Cannon

Flinders University - School of Law; Münster University

Rebekah Doley

Bond University

Claire Ferguson

Bond University

Nathan Brooks

Bond University

Date Written: October 24, 2012

Abstract

It has become commonplace for courts to supervise an offender as part of the sentencing process. Many of them have Anti Social Personality Disorder (ASPD). The focus of this article is how the work of specialist and/or problem solving courts can be informed by the insights of the psychology profession into the best practice in the treatment and management of people with ASPD. It is a legitimate purpose of legal work to consider and improve the well-being of the participants in the legal process. Programs designed specifically to deal with those with ASPD could be incorporated into existing Drug Courts, or implemented separately by courts to aid with reforming offenders with ASPD and in managing the re-entry of offenders into the community as part of their sentence. For the success of this initiative on the part of the court, ASPD will need to be specifically diagnosed and treated. Close co-operation between courts and psychologists is required to improve the effectiveness of court programs to treat people with ASPD and to evaluate their success.

Keywords: therapeutic jurisprudence

JEL Classification: K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Cannon, Andrew J. and Doley, Rebekah and Ferguson, Claire and Brooks, Nathan, Antisocial Personality Disorder and Therapeutic Justice Court Programs (October 24, 2012). Journal of Judicial Administration, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 99, October 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2166131

Andrew James Cannon (Contact Author)

Flinders University - School of Law ( email )

Adelaide S.A. 5001
Australia

Münster University ( email )

Schlossplatz 2 48149
Münster, North Rhiine Westphalia 48149
Germany

Rebekah Doley

Bond University

Gold Coast, QLD 4229
Australia

Claire Ferguson

Bond University

Gold Coast, QLD 4229
Australia

Nathan Brooks

Bond University ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229
Australia

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