Preventive detention for people with personality disorder is wrong

October 28, 1999

(Dangerous people with severe personality disorder: British proposals for managing them are glaringly wrong - and unethical)

Government proposals for detaining indefinitely people with dangerous severe personality disorder masquerade as extensions to mental health services but are in fact unethical proposals for preventive detention, says an editorial in this week's BMJ.

Forensic Psychiatrist Professor Paul Mullen of Victoria, Australia, writes that the UK Government paper Framework for the Future is intended to circumvent the European Convention on human rights which prohibits preventive detention except in those of unsound mind.

Of the Government's proposals, Professor Mullen says: "With their promises of new money and research funding they hope to bribe doctors into complicity in the indefinite detention of certain selected offenders."

He adds "There is a crying need for mental health services for severely personality disordered individuals...The British Government's proposals largely ignore the central issue of developing appropriate treatment services in favour of creating a system for locking up men and women who frighten officials".
-end-
Contact:

Professor Paul Mullen, Professor Forensic Psychiatry, Monash University and Institute of Forensic Mental Health, Victoria, Australia. Email: pmullen@vicnet.net.au

BMJ

Related Unethical Articles from Brightsurf:

Yan report's claims that SARS-CoV-2 was created in a Chinese lab are misleading, unethical
In the first published scholarly peer reviews of this controversial research, reviewers Robert Gallo, Takahiko Koyama, and Adam Lauring, write that its ''claims are at times baseless and are not supported by the data and methods used.''

Ethics and AI: An unethical optimization principle
EPFL professor Anthony Davison and co-authors provide a mathematical basis for concerns about ethical implications of AI.

An ethical eye on AI
Researchers from the University of Warwick, Imperial College London, EPFL (Lausanne) and Sciteb Ltd have found a mathematical means of helping regulators and business manage and police Artificial Intelligence systems' biases towards making unethical, and potentially very costly and damaging commercial choices - an ethical eye on AI.

COVID-19 vaccine development: New guidelines for ethical approach to infecting trial volunteers
Allowing consenting volunteers to be deliberately infected with COVID-19 for the purposes of developing a vaccine could be done ethically and potentially speed up its development, a University of Warwick researcher has argued in new research.

Fake news feels less immoral to share when we've seen it before
People who repeatedly encounter a fake news item may feel less and less unethical about sharing it on social media, even when they don't believe the information, research indicates.

Study: Student attitudes toward cheating may spill over into their careers
A study co-authored by an SF State marketing professor finds that students who tolerate cheating in the classroom may also turn a blind eye to unethical behavior in the workplace.

Viewing pornography increase unethical behavior at work
New research discovers employees who view pornography aren't just costing companies millions of dollars in wasted time, they're causing harm to the company.

Study finds Wi-Fi location affects online privacy behavior
Does sitting in a coffee shop versus at home influence a person's willingness to disclose private information online?

NIH supports international moratorium on clinical application of germline editing
Today, leading scientists and ethicists from seven countries have called for an international moratorium on the use of genetic editing to modify the human germline for clinical purposes.

New study finds employee incentives can lead to unethical behavior in the workplace
Findings suggest that setting compensation goals can increase dishonesty when managers are also paid a bonus for hitting certain targets.

Read More: Unethical News and Unethical Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.