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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 50 (2008) 13, 63 - 68

Short report

Mentally disturbed offenders in Flanders

P. Cosyns, S. Koeck, R. Verellen

In the course of the past 25 years in Flanders there has been a real breakthrough as far as forensic psychiatry is concerned. New types of treatment have become available for mentally disturbed offenders, whether they are in prison or in the community. A new Belgian law on mentally disturbed offenders with diminished responsibility confirms that 'internment' is still regarded as a protective measure and an alternative to punishment. The current university course in psychiatry should now be widened to include the subject of forensic mental health.


keywords Belgium, diminished responsibility, forensic psychiatry, offender, law