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.


Liaison and diversion: the economic case

Effective diversion requires some up-front investment in dedicated liaison and diversion teams working in police stations and courts.

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Liaison and diversion

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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From prison to work

Can an employment support model be adapted to help people with mental health problems leaving prison?

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Better help needed from prison to work, says Centre for Mental Health report

Prisoners with mental health difficulties need better help following release

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Unlocking a different future

Evaluating a project with young men often labelled as ‘gang members’, who are facing social and racial disadvantage

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