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Psychology and Law

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2222-5196


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Identification of the Mental States of Minors Accused and Convicted as a Precondition for Preventing Their 104


Debolskiy M.G.
PhD in Psychology, Professor, Department of legal psychology and law, faculty of legal psychology, MSUPE, Moscow, Russia

Melnikova D.V.
Student, Chair of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Department of Legal Psychology , Moscow State University of Psychology & Education , Moscow, Russia

Mesnichenko A.S.
Psychologist, Specialist in Working With Families, Social Rehabilitation Center «Vozrozhdenie», Moscow, Russia

The article deals with the features of the manifestation of mental states in minor suspects, accused and convicted persons, depending on the presence at a certain stage of preventive measures selected against the subject. The relevance of this issue is due to the need to take into account mental states for the prevention of destructive behavior (suicides, escapes, group disobedience, mass riots, conflicts with cellmates, conflicts with employees of the institution) in the pre-trial detention center and educational colony. The article describes some features of adolescence that affect the mental state of minor suspects, accused, and convicted. The publication presents the theoretical analysis of the concept of "mental state", briefly describes "the crisis points" faced by people from the moment of stay in pre-trial detention center prior to the incarceration in education colony (inclusive), describes the factors of the prison environment that affect the subject and the most frequently occurring mental condition in dependence on location at a certain "critical" point (location in a pre-trial detention center, in the courtroom (sentencing), detention in education colony and release).

Keywords: mental state, adolescence, convicts, suspects, accused, factors of the prison environment, prevention.

Column: Juvenile Legal Psychology


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