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Criminal Justice


PDF | Vol. 2, No. 8 (2005)

This edition explores the intricate relationship between criminal justice and mental illness and addictions. Issues surrounding available treatment for disorders in prisons, stereotypes in the media, criminalization of individuals, surviving after prison release, mental health court, integration with the community, street crime, advocacy in the court systems, forensic psychiatric settings, and more. First-hand experiences and perspectives of the criminal justice system in BC are also shared.


  • Editor's message
    (Christina Martens)

  • Mental Illness and Criminal Justice: Where Tolerance Breaks Down
    (Stephen Hart)

  • A Long Way to Go
    (Patrick Storey and Jim White)

  • An Enduring Stereotype: Criminalization of Mental Illness in the Media
    (Kim Meier)

  • Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders in BC: What's Missing?
    (Ray Baker)

  • The Criminalization of Individuals with Mental Illness
    (David Simpson)

  • Preventing Homelessness Following Prison Release
    (Judy Graves)

  • Canada's Penitentiaries: Not equipped to care for growing numbers of prisoners with mental illnessess
    (Howard Sapers)

  • Criminalizing Mental Illness
    (Camia Weaver)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • How Did You Get Into That?
    (Rennie Hoffman)

  • Doing Time: My Story
    (Curtis Aurhur)

  • More Good Than Harm? I Don't Think So!
    (Howard Fluxgold)

  • Mental Health in the Courtroom: One Judge's Perspective
    (Judge Judith Gedye)

  • Panhandling Restrictions in Vancouver: Discriminatory and Hypocritical
    (Cynthia Row)

  • Arrest or Treatment? The Vancouver Police Department Speaks Up for Treatment
    (Steve Schnizter)

  • Compassion by Law Enforcers: More Common than May Be Expected
    (Frank G. Sterle, Jr.)

  • Adolescent Addiction and Corrections: My Journey
    (David Grant)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Developing Service Partnerships in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
    (Michelle Patterson)

  • Treating Offenders with Mental Disorders
    (Bill Rankin)

  • Mental Health Court in Ontario
    (Honourable Justice Edward F. Ormston)

  • Behind the Scenes at a Forensic Psychiatric Clinic
    (Lisa May)

Regional Programs

  • Changing the Way We Work with Mentally Disordered Offenders in the Community
    (Shelley Cook)

  • An International Study of Crime and Violence Risk: Understanding Community Outcomes of People with Serious Mental Illness
    (Deborah Ross)

  • Street Crime and Social Disorder in Vancouver
    (Sherri Lee)

  • Searching for Justice: Mental Health Advocacy in the Court System
    (Liz Roberts)

  • BC's Forensic Psychiatric Hospital
    (Lisa May)


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