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NCJ Number: NCJ 241711     Find in a Library
Title: Effects of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders on Institutional Misconduct Among Female Inmates
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Author(s): Kimberly A. Houser ; Steven Belenko ; Pauline K. Brennan
  Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:29  Issue:6  Dated:December 2012  Pages:799 to 828
Date Published: 12/2012
Page Count: 30
  Annotation: This study examined if mental illness is a risk factor for institutional misconduct.
Abstract: Mentally ill offenders are disproportionately involved in prison misconduct. Although mental illness is recognized as a risk factor for poor prison adjustment, the additive nature of mental illness co-occurring with substance use disorders has not yet been examined. Using data from the Survey of Inmates in State Correctional Facilities, the authors compared the institutional misconduct experiences of female inmates with co-occurring disorders (CODs) to those for inmates with singular disorders or no disorders. Bivariate and multivariate analyses indicated that the risk of misbehavior was higher for inmates with mental illness combined with a drug dependence/abuse disorder than for inmates with singular disorders, but their disciplinary experiences did not statistically differ. These findings suggest that inmates with CODs may pose a uniquely complex challenge for prison administration, which has important implications for corrections policy and practice. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Mentally ill inmates
Index Term(s): Drug abuse ; Female inmates ; Drug abuse in correctional facilities ; Inmate misconduct
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
United States of America
Grant Number: R01-DA021320
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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