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.

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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Keys to Diversion finds that the most successful liaison and diversion teams offer support for a wide range of a person’s needs, connect with local agencies and stay in touch with people after they have been referred on.
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The briefing finds that community groups are key to engaging BME groups that are disproportionately represented both in mental health and criminal justice systems.
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The MHTR has unfulfilled potential to offer offenders with mental health problems the option of a sentence in the community.
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This briefing summarises the ways in which health and probation services can work together to meet the needs of offenders with mental health problems.
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This briefing paper presents a compelling argument for relevant agencies in housing, health and criminal justice to work together to ensure investment in the most effective and cost-effective interventions.
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This briefing examines the provision of mental health care for adults in the criminal justice system, what has been achieved to date and identifies priorities for further work.
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This report examines how pathways into and through secure mental health services can be improved to ensure a better flow between prison and secure services.
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Diversion shows diversion from custody is still much cheaper than just a few weeks in prison. Well-designed diversion schemes can help to reduce reoffending by one third.
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