Women with borderline personality disorder in prison

14 September 2010

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious condition characterized by pervasive instability in moods, relationships, self-image and behaviour. People suffering from this disorder often struggle with a mixture of emotions and engage in risky, impulsive behaviours.

Under the Radar shows that women prisoners with borderline personality disorder often come from an unstable family environment. The report calls for better diversion from custodial sentences for women with a personality disorder and increased training for prison staff.

Audience: This policy paper is intended for criminal justice staff and commissioners.

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