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.

Jenny Talbot OBE reflects on the needs of women in the criminal justice system, and the role of local authorities in supporting them.
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We're working with the Howard League for Penal Reform to prevent suicide in prisons. Through interviewing people with current or previous experience of prison, we explored what contributes to vulnerability and risk of suicide in prison.
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90% of people in prison have some form of mental health problem. We conducted a nationwide consultation to explore how the mental health of the prison population can be improved.
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Information about a network for practitioners and managers of Liaison & Diversion services across London
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Two-thirds of prisoners and about half of people under probation supervision are estimated to have personality disorder traits, yet only a small proportion get any support.
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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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Forensic settings are probably among the most difficult places to think of applying recovery principles. This briefing aims to discuss the challenges, address their implications and describe current best practice.
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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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The five years since the Bradley Report was published have seen concerted action to improve support for people with mental health problems and those with learning difficulties in the criminal justice system.
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