Alex D Lalayiannis

Personality Disorder: The Home Office's pre-emptive injustice programme

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Our world is one of security cameras, personal information databases and, of course, the potentially ever increasing 28 days of detention without charge under the Terrorism Act. One wonders what the next level is.

The Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD) programme set up by the Home Office (now part of the Ministry of Justice) to "protect" the public may just be that next level. It includes four units so far, totalling about 300 places, at Broadmoor and Rampton hospitals, and Frankland and Whitemoor prisons, with the prospect of expansion.

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