ERIC Number: ED465938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Keeping the Peace: Police Discretion and Mentally Ill Persons.
Teplin, Linda A.
National Institute of Justice Journal, n244 p8-15 Jul 2000
In many urban centers, responding to mentally ill people has become a large part of the police peacekeeping function. This article highlights the police role in handling mentally ill persons. Law enforcement options are discussed, including both formal and informal options. It is noted that officers decisions to hospitalize, arrest, or deal with a mentally ill person informally are based less on the degree of symptomatology than on the demands and constraints of the situation. Mental health professionals have commented on what some observers believe is the criminalization of mentally disordered behavior and have speculated that persons who were previously treated within the mental health system are increasingly being shunted into the criminal justice system. Implications of criminalizing mental illness are discussed and policy recommendations are made for the criminal justice and mental health systems. (Contains 12 references.) (GCP)
Descriptors: Community Cooperation, Correctional Institutions, Law Enforcement, Mental Disorders, Police Community Relationship, Psychiatric Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.