The psychological and legal aftermath of false arrest and imprisonment.

R. I. Simon,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law 21(4): 523-8, 1993.
False arrest and imprisonment can be an extraordinarily stressful psychological trauma. This is clearly demonstrated in the evaluation of forensic cases alleging false arrest and imprisonment, a review of the recent forensic psychiatric literature and reported legal cases. A clinical vignette is presented that illustrates the psychological trauma and sequelae associated with false arrest and imprisonment. Psychiatric treatment of these individuals is discussed. A number of these cases are litigated. [References: 13]