How does our legal and mental health system handle the mentally disordered? In this book, George C. Klein presents a revealing survey that explores the system of processing prisoners and patients from arrest to admissions to court. In an investigation spanning over 30-years, Klein examines and evaluates the intersection of law, mental health, and social control.
George C. Klein, Ph.D., is professor of sociology and anthropology at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. He has served as a part-time police officer, is a trained hostage negotiator, and has served as a consultant to a SWAT team. He is also a consultant to the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy. Dr. Klein has written articles on mental health, criminal justice, hostage negotiation, and terrorism. His first book was The Adventure: The Quest for My Romanian Babies (Hamilton Books, 2007).
Chapter 1 Preface: The Politics of Mental Health Chapter 2 Part I: Theory Part 3 Chapter 1: Congeneric Analysis: On the Emergence of an "Accidental" Methodology Chapter 4 Part II. The Court Part 5 Chapter 2: The Mental Health Court: The Beginning Chapter 6 Part III. Studying Down Part 7 Chapter 3: Admissions: "I Don't Reject Anybody...I'm Protecting Myself" Part 8 Chapter 4: The Police: "How Do You Talk A Mentally Ill Person Out of Being Mentally Ill? Chapter 9 Part IV. Studying Up: The Illinois Department of Mental Health and The Illinois State Legislature and the Governor's Office Part 10 Chapter 5: The Illinois Department of Mental Health: The Mental Health System? Part 11 Chapter 6: The Legislature and the Governor: Battling the Alligators Chapter 12 Part V. Conclusions Part 13 Chapter 7: Conclusions: The Passing of the Asylum; The End of the Exploration Chapter 14 Appendix: The Courts: A Dead End Chapter 15 Index Chapter 16 About the Author