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Should high secure forensic treatment last for life?

Volume 13, 2016, Nr. 4

Friedemann Pfäfflin:

Should high secure forensic treatmen (Abstract)

The author gives short sketches about the detention of mentally sick criminal offenders in high secure forensic clinics, delineates the tasks of such detentions, the fluctuation of the numbers of detained persons in recent decades in Germany, and the therapies offered to the patients. Based on three vignettes about older patients who have spent extremely long periods in such institutions and who had very poor prognoses as regards treatment and recidivism, he offers some suggestions how to improve their perspectives.