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New developments in preventive detention in Germany.
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PMID:  19633558     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present review focuses on forensic psychiatric aspects of new developments in preventive detention in Germany. RECENT FINDINGS: After a short introduction to the history of preventive detention in Germany and its enacting in 1933, a survey is given about both main pathways in German penal code, penalty because of guilt after an offence by healthy prisoners and prevention because of dangerousness in healthy prisoners as well as in psychiatric ill persons having mentally ill offenders. Then, there are given a few examples of new developments of security laws: retroactive preventive detention, reservation of preventive detention, subsequent preventive detention, and its extension to young persons. The consequences in the practice of forensic psychiatry and their reflection in recent psychiatric literature are described and discussed. SUMMARY: There is a broad consent between German forensic psychiatrists that the described changes in criminal law and the increasing application of preventive detention will intensify antiliberal tendencies not only within jurisdiction but also within forensic and general psychiatry.
Herbert R Steinböck
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in psychiatry     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1473-6578     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Opin Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-30     Completed Date:  2009-10-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8809880     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Psychiatry     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  488-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Forensic Department, Clinic of Eastern Munich, Haar, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Commitment of Mentally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence,  trends*
Crime / legislation & jurisprudence,  prevention & control*
Criminal Law / trends*
Dangerous Behavior*
Forensic Psychiatry / trends*
Mental Disorders / rehabilitation
Prisoners / legislation & jurisprudence

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