Mental Health Inquiries – Views from the Chair


  • Herschel Prins Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU



The data to be presented in this contribution form part of a more detailed account which will appear as a Chapter in a book entitled ‘The Age of the Inquiry’ edited by Nicky Stanley and Jill Manthorpe of Hull University, for Routledge (April 2004). The material is produced here with their kind permission. My brief from the editors was to write about my experiences of chairing mental health inquiries since hardly anything seemed to have been written about how those who chair inquiries and their colleagues viewed the problems they encountered. Although I had chaired three mental health inquiries I considered that my own responses might be seen as somewhat idiosyncratic and partial. I therefore decided to solicit the views of a small number of those who had also chaired such inquiries in the mental health field, including, in the main, homicide inquiries.

Author Biography

Herschel Prins, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU

Professor, Midlands Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice






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