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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: A Foot in the (Revolving) Door? A Preliminary Evaluation of Tasmania's Mental Health Diversion List
Author(s): Graham, Hannah
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Citation: Graham H (2007) A Foot in the (Revolving) Door? A Preliminary Evaluation of Tasmania's Mental Health Diversion List. Magistrates Court of Tasmania. University of Tasmania.
Keywords: Criminology
criminal justice
therapeutic jurisprudence
problem-solving approaches
solution-focused courts
court innovation
criminal law
mental illness
forensic mental health
alternatives to custody
community sanctions and measures
Issue Date: Nov-2007
Publisher: University of Tasmania
Abstract: There is a strong intersection between the health system and the criminal justice system, as exemplified by problems encountered with offenders with a mental illness. Therapeutic jurisprudence and the problem solving court model seek to overcome issues associated with the failure of traditional sentencing for this offender population, the ‘revolving door’ and deficits in treatment support. Evaluation research was utilised in this study to conduct a preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of the Mental Health Diversion List pilot project. Data sources comprised in this study include: courtroom observation of the Diversion List sittings, interviews with practitioners, a defendant interview, project team meeting observation, and court documentation. Rich qualitative data contributed to the emergence of various themes and issues indicating the general success of the List. However, different practitioner perspectives and debates revealed opportunities for further development. Overall, the preliminary evaluation concluded that the therapeutic problem solving approach adopted in the Mental Health Diversion List pilot project is working well. Recommendations are made for further development and enhancement that can take place.
Type: Research Report
Rights: Author retains copyright. Proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details should be given.
Affiliation: Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology

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