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NCJ Number: NCJ 241624     Find in a Library
Title: Pathways Project-Research Factsheet: Mental Health & Trauma among Women in Jails
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): S. Lynch ; D. DeHart ; J. Belknap ; B. Green
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 2
  Annotation: This factsheet contains findings from a survey on the prevalence of mental illness, substance use disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder among a sample of female inmates from urban and rural counties.
Abstract: A survey of 500 female inmates from both urban and rural counties examined the prevalence of mental illness, substance use disorders (SUD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among the group. Highlights of the survey’s findings include the following: a majority of the women had at least 1 of the mental health disorders in their lifetime; regional differences were found in the rates of the assessed mental health disorders; and half of the women received mental health or substance abuse treatment prior to incarceration. Additionally, the survey found that for the women who were assessed with at least one of the mental health disorders, 82 percent had a lifetime substance use disorder; 53 percent had PTSD in their lifetime; and 43 percent had a serious mental illness (SMI). The study also found that for the women who were identified has having a current mental health disorder, 20 percent had both a SMI and SUB in the previous 12 months, and 53 percent had a SUD and 28 percent had PTSD. In total, the survey found that women with SMI were more likely to have be repeat offenders, have experienced trauma, and to have an earlier onset of substance use and running away, compared to incarcerated women with no history of mental illness. These findings have serious implications for criminal justice stakeholders, such as mental health professionals and law enforcement officials, who wish to address the problem of incarcerated women with mental health issues.
Main Term(s): Mental health
Index Term(s): Female offenders ; Mentally ill offenders ; Crime patterns ; Female inmates ; Female crime patterns ; Criminal career patterns ; Mentally ill inmates
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2010-DB-DBX-K048
Sale Source: SAMHSA’s GAINS Ctr
Policy Research Associates
345 Delaware Avenue
Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation
Delmar, NY 12054
United States of America
Type: Factsheet
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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