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Jul 06

Indicators of Mental Health Problems Reported by Prisoners and Jail Inmates, 2011-2012

BJSThis report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics presents prevalence estimates of mental health indicators among state and federal prisoners and jail inmates by different time periods, demographics, criminal justice history, most serious offense, mental health treatment received while incarcerated, and rule violations. Indicators were defined as serious psychological distress (SPD) in the 30 days prior to the interview or having a history of a mental health problem. Data are from BJS’s 2011-2012 National Inmate Survey. Findings include that more people incarcerated in prisons (14%) and in jails (26%) met the threshold for SPD in the past 30 days than in the standardized general population (5%).

Source: JusticeCenter

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