This chapter is central to what I have called maintaining the integrity of mental health, and follows on from the second part of Chapter 5. It is about preserving, or rather sustaining and developing, the rights of mentally disordered suspects (or offenders, the terms have been used interchangeably) in police stations. In an age where community safety dominates, there is a tendency to trample over these rights of the unloved and the unlovely according to Herschel Prins, and to forget that their rights are worth preserving. In this chapter, an examination will be made of one way in which those rights are promoted, that is, through the so-called Appropriate Adult. The Appropriate Adult is there to protect the mentally disordered while being questioned by the police, and to help to prevent miscarriages of justice.
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