Correctional Policy for Offenders with Mental Illness: Creating a New Paradigm for Recidivism Reduction

  title={Correctional Policy for Offenders with Mental Illness: Creating a New Paradigm for Recidivism Reduction},
  author={Jennifer L Skeem and Sarah M Manchak and Jillian K. Peterson},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
Offenders with mental illness have attracted substantial attention over the recent years, given their prevalence and poor outcomes. A number of interventions have been developed for this population (e.g., mental health courts). They share an emphasis on one dimension as the source of the problem: mental illness. Their focus on psychiatric services may poorly match the policy goal of reducing recidivism. In this article, we use research to evaluate (a) the effectiveness of current interventions… 

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