The intersection of mental disability and offending makes for a formidably malleable combination. An attributed lack of volitional control or lack of rationality can enhance perceived dangerousness, reduce culpability and foster rehabilitative aspirations. The two contrasting images of threat and illness in any one individual can grate against a criminal justice system founded on notions of justice and fairness. This lecture will consider three illustrative areas – release from therapeutic confinement, the impact of rehabilitative endeavours and fitness to plead – to show how recognizing the challenges posed by those with mental disabilities can bring lessons for a wider system of criminal justice.
Please join us at 3:00pm for tea and biscuits for a 3:30pm start.
Chaired by Professor Julian Roberts.