There are little published data on the characteristics or outcomes of offenders found unfit to stand trial who receive a ‘qualified finding of guilt’ in a Special Hearing in New South Wales (NSW) and are detained for a ‘limiting term’ (LT) under the supervision of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT). We examined NSW MHRT records linked to re-offending data, to report on the characteristics and outcomes of 69 LT patients in a cohort spanning two decades. The most common diagnoses were schizophrenia (54%) and intellectual disability (33%). Patients were detained on average for 4.2 years, which is slightly shorter than the average maximum term imposed. Of the 55 people for whom criminal record data were available, 9.1% were charged with an offence during the first year post-release and 60% overall were charged for at least one post-release offence during a follow-up period ranging from 4.7 to 11.1 years.
- forensic patients
- limiting term
- mental health review tribunal