Crime, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System in Africa

A Psycho-Criminological Perspective

Crime, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System in Africa

A Psycho-Criminological Perspective

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This book aims to serve as a comprehensive resource for a myriad of crime and mental health topics and issues in the African criminal justice system from a psycho-criminological perspective. Crime, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System in Africa: A Psycho-Criminological Perspective is an ideal primary text for courses in criminology, criminal justice, and forensic psychology, as well as asource of reference for practitioners who deal with offenders or victims.
"For a long time, African historiography has been viewed and interpreted from Eurocentric perspectives. This book is a timely contribution towards infusing Afrocentric perspectives in African scholarship by indigenous scholars. The authors' interdisciplinary topical approach, covering a gamut of topics ranging from African criminology, through mental health and psychology, to criminal justice systems, has lent a decolonizing voice toward African literary pursuit and thereby laid a solid foundation for further research by other scholars. I highly recommend it to readers, academic institutions and researchers on Africa."

Emmanuel Onyeozili, Ph.D., Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, USA

"This edited volume by an array of experts from West and Southern Africa has given a refreshing voice to psycho-criminological narratives in the continent. In a region of the world in which there is insufficient documentation of the patterns, determinants and outcomes of criminal behaviour, this book offers a culturally competent and contemporary flavour to an ancient discourse. Its focus on new areas of concern such as online dating scams, kidnapping and the mental health of officials in the criminal justice system compellingly captures the potential reader and gives good value for time. It is warmly recommended for its breadth of coverage, the authority of its claims and the multi-disciplinary outlook of its authors."

Adegboyega Ogunwale, MBBS, FWACP, Consultant Psychiatrist, Forensic Unit, Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Ogun State, Nigeria 

"This collection represents a significant step in the study of mental health, crime and criminal justice in sub-Saharan Africa. The breadth of topics covered is impressive, with each contribution based on methodologically-sound empirical analyses. It deserves to become a key reference for students, researchers and policy makers interested in suicide, drug use, violence, the work of prison officers, criminal investigations, and police-community interactions."

Justice Tankebe, Ph.D., Lecturer, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, UK 

"Mental health and criminal justice issues are growing problems facing the world today. Questions about whether mental health affects crime or whether involvementin the criminal justice system affects an individual's health have become part of national policy discussion. This nicely written book brings together eminent scholars and experts with extensive experience in their various fields to address these and other questions related to crime, mental health, and criminal justice in Africa. The editors did well to coordinate the efforts of the contributors into a valuable pierce. I highly recommend it for all who are interested in the nexus between crime, mental health, and criminal justice systems."

Francis D. Boateng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, University of Mississippi, USA


<p>Chapter 1: Introduction; Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan and Samuel Adjorlolo
Part One: Theory and Research
Chapter 2: Suicide, Suicidal Ideation, and Behavior among African Youths: A Psycho-social and Criminological Analysis; Richard A. Aborisade
Chapter 3: Situating Suicide Attempt within the Notion of "Social Suffering": A New Public Mental Health Approach for Addressing a Psycho-criminological Problem in Ghana; Johnny Andoh Arthur
Chapter 4: A Review of the Violent Nature of Criminal Victimization in South Africa; By:  Johan van Graan
Chapter 5: An Exploratory Study of Kidnapping as an Emerging Crime in Nigeria; By: Alaba Oludare
Chapter 6: "What is the Problem"? Citizen's Experiences with the Police and Court in Ghana; Akosua A. Adu-Poku
Chapter 7: "Before I could, say Jack, I was in the Grip of the Police": Experiences of Persons who Use Drugs and Their Encounters with the Police in Ghana; Feikoab Parimah, Charlotte O. Kwakye-Nuako, Maria Goretti Ane-Loglo, Mary Eyram Ashinyo, Timothy P. Debrah, & Samuel Hanu
Chapter 8: Evaluating the Predictors of Stress among Police Officers in Nigeria: A Psychosocial Analysis; Oluwagbenga (Michael) Akinlabi
Chapter 9: Job Satisfaction and Organizational Commitment among Prison Officers in Ghana: A Qualitative Exploration;Thomas D. Akoensi
Part Two: Policy and Practice
Chapter 10: An Overview of Serial Murder and its Investigation in South Africa; Gerard N. Labuschagne
Chapter 11: The Constitutional Imperative, Common Law Position and Domestic Legislation in the Context of Mental Health Care in South Africa; Magdalen Swanepoel
Chapter 12:    Issues of Competence, Experience, and Psychological Awareness among Police Prosecutors Working on Cases of Child Sexual Abuse in Ghana; Charlotte O. Kwakye-Nuako
Chapter 13: Mental Health of Prison Inmates within the Nigerian Criminal Justice System; Chiedu Eseadi
Chapter 14: Crossing the Social Boundary: Black FemaleOffenders inside South African Institutions of Incarceration; NP Dastile
Chapter 15: Conclusion; Samuel Adjorlolo and Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan.</p><p></p>
ISBN 978-3-030-71023-1
Artikelnummer 9783030710231
Medientyp Buch
Auflage 1st ed. 2021
Copyrightjahr 2021
Verlag Springer, Berlin
Umfang XXVIII, 411 Seiten
Abbildungen XXVIII, 411 p. 2 illus.
Sprache Englisch