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Identifying, Treating, and Reducing Risk for Offenders with Mental Illness

Jennifer L. Skeem and Jillian K. Peterson

in The Oxford Handbook of Sentencing and Corrections

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730148
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730148.013.0021

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Identifying, Treating, and Reducing Risk for Offenders with Mental Illness

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This article provides a vivid description of how persons with mental illness continually find themselves involved in the corrections system. It first explains how their unique needs are interpreted into relevant management problems for corrections agencies. It discusses the 1970s deinstitutionalization movement, where the mentally ill were moved out of state hospital and placed in the community. Unfortunately, most of these mentally ill persons became unemployed, homeless, and even abused drugs and alcohol, which placed them in and out of corrections. This article emphasizes that there is a move towards adequate knowledge on how to identify and effectively treat persons who have mental illnesses, and notes that the public is becoming even more sympathetic to giving services to the nonviolent mentally ill who can be supported within the community.

Keywords: mental illness; corrections systems; management problems; corrections agencies; deinstitutionalization movement

Article.  9933 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Courts and Procedure ; Crime Prevention

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