Sentencing Offenders With Mental Disorders

Publication Date10 August 2020
SubjectEmployment and HR, Food, Drugs, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Discrimination, Disability & Sexual Harassment, Operational Impacts and Strategy
Law FirmBCL Solicitors LLP
AuthorMr Daniel Jackson

BCL associate Daniel Jackson's article 'Clarity and transparency now provided for the sentencing of offenders with mental disorders, developmental disorders or neurological impairments' has been published by Barrister Magazine.

Here's an extract from the article:

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted on us all to differing degrees and presented extra challenges. One aspect, experienced by many, is the affect that the enforced changes to our daily lives have had on our mental health.

The charity Mind reported in June 2020 that more than half of the adults and over two thirds of the young people from their survey (involving over 16,000 people, albeit not representative of the general public) said that their mental health had deteriorated during the period of lockdown restrictions.

Courts have often struggled to effectively deal with those who fall into this group of offenders, so the new guideline from the Sentencing Council is a welcome addition, particularly as awareness of mental health continues to increase.

The guideline applies to adults who, at the time of the offence and/or at the time of sentence, have mental disorders and/or impairments, such as depression, PTSD, autism, a learning disability or dementia (the aforementioned and others can be...

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