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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Therapy dogs should be more widely available in prisons to improve wellbeing and self harm, says Centre for Mental Health report

Our new research found that therapy dogs had a calming influence on prisoners, helping increase coping skills and strategies


From prison to work

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


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A new chance in life: employment support for prisoners with mental health difficulties

How can we support people leaving prison to find employment? Reflecting on the implications of our latest research


With a drop in the number of suicides in prison, are prisons becoming safer?

In the wake of newly released prison suicide statistics, Graham looks at the safety of our prisons