In this post, Ian Cummins (pictured below), introduces his new book Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System: A social work perspective. The book was published in March 2016 by Critical Publishing.
am a Senior Lecturer in Social Work based at Salford University. I trained as a
probation officer and worked as a mental health social worker in Manchester
before taking up academic posts. My main
research revolves around the experiences of people with mental health problems
in the criminal justice system. This includes all areas of the criminal justice system but I have
focused on policing and mental illness. I argue the criminal justice system has become, in
many incidences, the default provider of mental health care. These issues are
examined in my new book.