Research Report

MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: A CONTINUUM OF EVIDENCE-INFORMED PRACTICES

Published: June, 2019

Mental health disorders (MHD) are between three and six times more common among individuals involved in the criminal justice system compared to the general population. In the United States, 24 percent of individuals who are incarcerated reported receiving a clinical diagnosis or treatment for a MHD within the past year and 49 percent reported experiencing symptoms of a MHD. Research estimates 1 million individuals with a MHD are on probation or parole in the United States.

Launch