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Položaj osoba sa mentalnim smetnjama lišenih slobode
Status of persons with mental disability deprived of liberty

Author(s): Miloš V. Janković
Subject(s): Sociology, Criminology, Studies in violence and power, Health and medicine and law, Victimology, Social Norms / Social Control
Published by: Sociološko naučno društvo Srbije
Keywords: deprivation of liberty; mental disability; torture; ill-treatment; detention; illness

Summary/Abstract: This article analyzes the status of persons with mental disability deprived of liberty in institutions of detention, such as psychiatric hospitals, institutions for the enforcement of criminal sanctions, police stations and various types of social welfare institutions of the home type (including geriatric institutions and homes for the elderlies). Different grounds and forms of their deprivation of liberty were examined and structured; the shortcomings in the current regulations, their compliance with international standards, and the omissions in their implementation, are pointed out; a number of unfavorable aspects of deprivation of liberty are presented, which in practice are faced by people with mental disability. Particular attention is paid to the fact that persons with mental disability are exposed to increased risk of torture and other forms of abuse during their deprivation of liberty, which can be a causative factor in the emergence or a significant promoter in further deterioration of their mental illness.

  • Issue Year: 60/2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 856-879
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Serbian