DOJ Study Reveals Mental Illness Affects Half of All Inmates

November 2006
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services;Nov2006, Vol. 44 Issue 11, p8
Academic Journal
The article reports on the findings of a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics regarding the impact of mental illnesses on prisoners in the U.S. The study found that 64% of local jail inmates, 56% of state prisoners and 45% of federal prisoners have serious mental illness symptoms. It asserts that mental health disorders affect more than half of inmates and that incarceration results from lack of treatment options in the community.


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