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.

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Continuity of care is especially important for released prisoners with mental health problems to help them get their lives back on track on the outside.
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This briefing calls on the NHS to manage health care for people in police custody and to take a more active role in diverting people with mental health problems to the services they need.
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It sets out what prisoners themselves say they need to improve their mental health: 'someone to talk to', 'something to do' during the day and practical help to plan for what they will do after they are released.
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Spending on prison mental health care
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