2 April 2010

Diversion Dividend finds that diverting offenders to community support rather than prisons would save money in the justice system and reduce reoffending rates.

Individuals and their families also benefit from diversion if it gets them access to health services and other sources of support to get their lives back on track.

Rethink and the Centre for Mental Health, who produced this report, have called on political parties to recognise that imprisoning offenders with mental health problems on short sentences is a poor use of taxpayers' money.

Audience: local commissioners, criminal justice agencies.

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