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Statistics of Mentally Disordered Offenders 2001

NCJ Number
Steven Johnson; Ricky Taylor
Date Published
November 2002
32 pages
This bulletin presents information on mentally disordered offenders in England and Wales who have been subject to a restriction order (restricted patients) and admitted to, detained in, or discharged from hospitals in 2001.
The number of such mentally disordered offenders in a hospital at the end of 2001 was 3,002, a 5-percent increase from the previous year and just over the average annual increase in recent years. The total number admitted to hospitals was 980 in 2001, an 8-percent increase from the previous year. The number admitted under hospital orders increased from 212 in 2000 to 239 in 2001, and the number recalled to a hospital decreased from 65 to 62. The number transferred from prison to a hospital decreased from 662 in 2000 to 624 in 2001 (6 percent). The number of restricted patients released into the community was 314 in 2001, an 8-percent decrease from the previous year. Among unsentenced or untried mentally disordered inmates detained at the end of 2001, 46 percent had spent under 3 months in a hospital before returning to prison or to court for trial or sentence. Only 7 out of 181 unsentenced or untried inmates were held in high-security hospitals. For categories of patients other than unsentenced or untried inmates, 58 percent of those in high security hospitals had spent over 10 years in a hospital, in contrast to 15 percent of those in other hospitals. Conversely, only 7 percent of the high-security hospital population had spent under 2 years in a hospital compared to 31 percent of those in other hospitals. Of those suffering from a psychopathic disorder, 57 percent had spent more than 10 years in a hospital compared to 44 percent of those suffering a form of mental impairment, and only 25 percent of those suffering from mental illness (with or without other disorders). 18 tables