The multidisciplinary editorship of this book, representing social work (Ashford), psychology (Sales), and psychiatry (Reid), has coalesced to produce a rare commodity, a multidisciplinary tome devoted to treatment of those from the criminal justice world. Although only Dr. Reid may be a familiar name to psychiatrists, Drs. Ashford and Sales are prominent in their respective fields. The editorial triumvirate travels beyond the simplistic "mad and bad" paradigm. Instead, the book revolves around the theme of "special needs," defined as "any changeable factors associated with disorders of cognition, thought, mood, personality, development, or behavior that are linked to desired outcomes for offenders at any phase of the justice process." With this theme, the book specifically explores the special needs of offenders with conduct disorder, antisocial personality, psychopathy, substance abuse, mental retardation, educational disabilities, and suicidal potential. The book also devotes separate chapters to three classes of offenders that fall under the special needs rubric, i.e., sex offenders, violent offenders, and insanity acquittees (although insanity acquittees technically are not offenders and often fall in the shadow world between the correctional and mental health systems). Unlike many books on forensic and correctional mental health, this book covers both the adult and juvenile populations of offenders.