Criminal Justice

The majority of prisoners have mental health problems, often two or more at the same time. Imprisonment doesn't seem to reduce re-offending and it costs a great deal. We're finding more ways to fix this by developing liaison and diversion services, advocating community sentences, improving youth justice and unlocking secure care.


Effective diversion requires some up-front investment in dedicated liaison and diversion teams working in police stations and courts.
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Mental ill health is very common among prisoners, but the use of prison can often be avoided if people are diverted early on in their contact with the justice system. We're finding ways to fix this.
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Prison deaths through suicide have risen at an alarming rate. We're working to prevent future tragic losses of life.
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Information about a network for practitioners and managers of Liaison & Diversion services across London
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Children who end up in custody have multiple needs, many of which go unrecognised and unmet. We've developed a new approach to fix this.
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Secure mental health services treat people with severe mental health problems who pose a risk to the public. But the services are subject to long delays and patients getting stuck.
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Gang involvement seriously damages young lives. We are researching the impact of a radical new approach to engaging young people involved in gang-related activity.
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Reoffending costs the economy somewhere in the region of £11 billion. But less than a quarter of prisoners leave prison into some form of employment. Evidence shows that additional support is more likely to help ex-prisoners.
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