Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Essential Reading

This document deserves wide circulation as the subject is relevant to all of us.


  1. Thanks for highlighting this excellent document by the Prison Reform Trust - a very long-overdue explanation of the difference between mental health and learning disability aimed at sentencers. As a CDO it always dismayed me how widespread confusion and ignorance was on the subject and especially the differences between a psychiatrist, psychologist and CPN. In my experience people with a learning disability get a raw deal from the CJ system and I would urge the requesting of a psychology report in such cases prior to sentencing.

    1. It sounds as if it is not only sentencing, but also that some of the convictions can be unsound when these sorts of people are unable to represent themselves properly.


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