Alliance policies: Patients within the Criminal Justice System

The Criminal Justice sections (Part 3) of the 1983 Act have not been subject to detailed scrutiny or public consultation since the Reed Committee Report in 1992. The Mental Health Alliance thinks this a matter of great regret because mentally disordered offenders and those more generally within the criminal justice system are extremely vulnerable. They also account for many of the people brought within the 1983 Act. In addition, mental health law includes provisions which impact on service users who come into contact with the police. We believe there is a need for a proper consultation process in order to consider in detail the criminal justice provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983.

The Alliance believes that mental health legislation should reflect the following principles:

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