This collection of essays is well arranged, beginning with a discussion of the administrative aspects of treatment programs for offenders with mental disorders, a discussion both thoughtful and practical, which carefully counterbalances the dual mandates to provide treatment to the mentally disordered offender while ensuring adequate custodial safeguards to protect the public. This is followed by a succinct summary of the legal aspects of treating mentally disordered offenders, beginning with a survey of the evolution of the law relevant to the treatment of mentally disordered offenders in the time before the civil rights movement and extending through the civil rights movement to the 1980s and 1990s, a period during which fundamental decisions affecting the rights of offenders substantially revised some of the legal mandates of the civil rights era. The survey concludes with a review of the current state of evolving mental health law, which is seen as incorporating subtle but important changes that will have an impact on the mental health treatment of mentally disordered offenders. Three chapters follow that discuss the specific and sometimes unique problems associated with the delivery of mental health services for the mentally disordered offender in the three primary venues where treatment is most likely to be provided: community-based programs, inpatient facilities, and jails and prisons. The volume is completed with discussions of specialized treatment issues and protocols that apply specifically to three groups of emotionally vulnerable offenders who may require mental health interventions and treatment: sexual offenders, mentally retarded offenders, and juvenile offenders.