A Study of the Influence of Psychiatric Observation on the Disposition of Six Cases in Kings County Court, 1950
There has been increased interest in recent years in the treatment of the offender, particularly in the field of probation. Some familiar reasons for this are the changing concepts in the field of penology and the advances being made in the area of understanding human behavior. Many of the offenders who appear in the courts have problems which can be best handled while they remain in the community. Others are maladjusted to such an extent that it is to society’s best interest if they are incarcerated. The problems of those offenders who can be best helped in the community are usually of two types, namely: problems resulting from some conflict between the offender and his environment, such as a lack of a trade, insufficient housing or some physical handicap, and a problem of the offender’s inability to get along in society because of a personality disorder or emotional problem. In the former situation, the problem can be handled by supplying some direct aid such as a employment service, training program or financial help; in the latter case, the services of a psychiatrist are needed to provide a diagnosis and to perform treatment.
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Denno, Leo Wilfred, "A Study of the Influence of Psychiatric Observation on the Disposition of Six Cases in Kings County Court, 1950" (1953). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30557768.