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Mental Health in Prisons: Critical Perspectives on Treatment and Confinement

Published: 14 December 2018
Kathy Kendall, Associate Professor
Kathy Kendall, Associate Professor in Sociology as Applied to Medicine

In a new book published by Palgrave Macmillan, Kathleen Kendall and co-editor Alice Mills draw together a number of international contributors to examine the effects of the prison environment on mental health and the delivery of mental health services.

Sandra Walkate, editor of the British Journal of Criminology, wrote, “In this book, Alice Mills and Kathleen Kendall bring together a remarkable set of contributions. Taken together, they remind the reader of the silent but powerfully individualising nature of neo-liberal societies and the toll they take on those imprisoned with mental health problems. Documenting the further marginalisation of the already marginalised, this edited collection sets an important agenda for change. It remains to be seen whether or not anyone listens to its findings. They should.”

Kathy, Associate Professor in Sociology as Applied to Medicine, is subject lead for sociology within the Faculty of Medicine and has a particular interest in medical-legal matters such as mental health treatment in prison and human experimentation with prisoners.

Further details of the book can be found at

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