1957 Scottish State Institution for Mental Defectives

Insane prisoners were moved from Perth prison in Scotland to the State Institution for Mental Defectives at Carstairs in Lanarkshire to establish Scotland’s first secure hospital for mentally disordered offenders, to be known as the State Mental Hospital.

The Royal Commission on the Law Relating to Mental Illness & Mental Deficiency was also published introducing informality and outpatient care into treatment of mental disorder.


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