Probation service at a Crossroads?

Authors Jaap A. van Vliet
Published in Progression in forensic Psychiatry
Publication date 2012
Type Book


Hoofdstuk in Progression in forensic Psychiatry: About Boundaries van prof. mr. Marc Groenhuijsen en prof. dr. T.I. Oei. As a young adolescent the man started using soft drugs and as a result was expelled from school. Following a registration with RIAGG he was placed in a children’s home for some years. From the age of twenty he was a frequent substance user. He got hold of these substances because his father was a dealer. There were contacts with psychiatrists and psychologists and he was on an anti-psychotic medication that is prescribed with schizophrenia. Over a period of eight years he was admitted eight times to a psychiatric hospital with diagnoses such as recurring paranoid schizophrenia, recurring poly-hard drugs use and ADHD. During his hospitalizations he took no medication, did not satisfactorily comply with agreements and frequently withdrew from treatment prematurely in spite of advice to the contrary. He was ultimately given Tbs (1). In the introduction of a theme issue on Mental Health Care and Justice of Justitiële Verkenningen [Judicial explorations] from 1991 concerning such a track record it was stated that many stories can be told about it. “Two of them have farreaching consequences. From the point of view of the judiciary the track record is evaluated as to the degree of guilt casu quo attribution and the need to make society secure. From the point of view of mental health care a person with a mental disorder committed an offence as a result of his condition and needs help” (2) Dangerous or mad, that is the division that is sectorially made.

Language English
Published in Progression in forensic Psychiatry
Page range 341-355