1999 DSPD White Paper

A white paper “Managing Dangerous People with Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD)” was published the same year (1999) and it proposed to detain and treat mentally disordered offenders who pose a significant risk of harm to others and themselves.

The white paper stated that 2,00-2,400 people in England and Wales were estimated to have DSPD, (98% men).

HMG set aside £126m over three years to develop the new services, £70m for prisons £56m for the NHS.

The term DSPD is unique to England & Wales has no medical meaning and no research basis.

The scheme was strongly opposed by most psychiatrists, but it went ahead.


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