Book Review: The Mentally Disordered Inmate and the Law
Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 35, Issue 9 (September 2008), pp. 1202-1204
5 Pages Posted: 5 May 2021
Date Written: September 1, 2008
Criminal offenders with serious mental health disorders are inundating the correctional system at an alarming rate, and the scope and complexity of legal issues that affect prison inmates with serious mental health disorders have increased considerably in recent years. As such, there is a palpable need for a comprehensive yet accessible explanation of the legal issues that are directly relevant to the sizeable portion of prison inmates with serious mental health disorders. The second edition of Fred Cohen's The Mentally Disordered Inmate and the Law (2008), published by Civic Research Institute, effectively fills this need. This two-volume set, which is a revised and expanded version of the first edition,published in 1998, provides comprehensive coverage of the rights of prison inmates with mental disorders and the legal issues that most directly affect these inmates. And it does so in a straightforward, accessible, and practical manner. In the 10 years between the publication of the first and second editions of this book, the laws affecting prison inmates with mental disorders have changed considerably, and it should be no surprise to anyone familiar with Cohen's substantial body of impressive scholarship that he does a masterful job in the second edition of keeping pace with the rapidly changing legal landscape.
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