Durham, North Carolina : Carolina Academic Press, 
xix, 550 pages ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- The history of criminalization of persons with mental illnesses -- Challenges and needs of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system -- Civil commitment -- Outpatient commitment -- The law enforcement response to persons with mental issnesses in crises -- Jail processing of persons with mental illnesses -- Traditional court processing of defendants with mental illness, Part I : competency to stand trial -- Traditional court processing of defendants with mental illness, Part II : the insanity defense -- Mental health courts -- Mental illness in the prison population : secure and treat? -- Diversion and reentry : strategies for discharging offenders living with mental illness -- Conclusion : striving for informed policies