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NCJ Number: NCJ 174463     Find in a Library
Title: Mental Health and Treatment of Inmates and Probationers
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Author(s): Paula M. Ditton
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 07/1999
Page Count: 12
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: This report presents findings from mental health-related questions in the 1997 Survey of Inmates in State or Federal Correctional Facilities, the 1996 Survey of Inmates in Local Jails, and the 1995 Survey of Adults on Probation.
Abstract: In each survey, offenders selected through nationally representative samples were asked a series of mental health-related questions. Respondents were asked if they had a mental or emotional condition and whether they had ever received treatment for a mental or emotional problem, other than treatment related to drug or alcohol abuse. Approximately 10 percent of prison and jail inmates reported a mental or emotional condition; and 10 percent said they had stayed overnight in a mental hospital or program. Together, 16 percent (an estimated 283,800 inmates) reported either a mental condition or an overnight stay in a mental hospital, and were identified as mentally ill. Approximately 53 percent of mentally ill inmates were in prison for a violent offense, compared to 46 percent of other inmates. Mentally ill offenders were less likely than others to be incarcerated for a drug-related offense. Mentally ill State prison inmates were more than twice as likely as other inmates to report living on the street or in a shelter in the 12 months prior to arrest (20 percent compared to 9 percent). Nearly 8 in 10 female mentally ill inmates reported physical or sexual abuse. Males with a mental condition were more than twice as likely as other males to report abuse. Six in 10 mentally ill State inmates reported receiving mental-health treatment since admission to prison. 17 tables and 7 references
Main Term(s): Offender statistics
Index Term(s): Probation statistics ; Probationers ; Inmate statistics ; Mentally ill offenders ; Offender mental health services ; Mentally ill inmates
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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