1975 The Butler Report

The influential BUTLER REPORT (Cmnd.6244) was published. This also had been occasioned by severe overcrowding at Broadmoor Hospital.

British forensic psychiatry was changed by this report.

The Butler Committee recommended firming up the Glancy proposals and developing regional (medium) secure units; much earlier transfer of mentally disordered prisoners to hospital; voluntary treatment for “psychopaths” in prison training units; proper after-care for offender patients; reviewable sentences, and the abolition of the mandatory sentence for murder.

Crucially they also recommended the development of academic forensic psychiatry.


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