To determine whether fitness-to-stand-trial assessments “in detention” offer cost benefits over inpatient assessments.
The development of a pilot “fitness clinic” in a detention centre is described, and the results of 1 year of assessments are presented. The cost benefit of fitness assessments conducted in detention centres is outlined.
Significant cost savings were realized by operating fitness clinics in detention centres.
Fitness clinics in detention centres offer important benefits and are recommended as an adjunct to forensic programs.