Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Issues Affect Most Offenders

Summary More than half of prison and jail inmates meet criteria for drug dependence. Most offenders are drug and alcohol addicts in need of treatment. Add mental health concerns, and we come to the conclusion that the majority of offenders are clinically affected. This reality is making the jobs of police officers, correctional staff and […]

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Mental Health Issues Drive Crime

Subtitle Most offenders have mental health issues. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Former Director of Information Services, National Crime Prevention Council. Post-Masters’ Certificate of Advanced Study-Johns Hopkins University Introduction We’ve known since […]

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Prisoners Report Significant Mental and Physical Problems

Prisoners Report Significant Mental and Physical Problems Editor’s note: Anyone working with people caught up in the criminal justice system are astounded by the number of people with physical and mental health problems. Crime takes an enormous toll on those involved with many (most?) having physical or psychological injuries from a criminal lifestyle. The inability […]

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Nearly 1 in 5 violent offenders in prison or jail or on probation were identified as mentally ill.

Crime in America.Net Our prayers go to Representative Giffords and all those killed or wounded in the tragic event in Tucson. We have reader questions regarding the tragic shooting in Tucson, AZ.  Three days after a gunman allegedly killed six people and left a congresswoman critically injured, there are multiple reports of erratic behavior and mental health […]

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Mental Health Courts Lower Recidivism

Gentlereaders:  The research continues the generally positive results from speciality courts focusing on an array of criminal justice issues like drugs, probation violations, prisoner reentry and mental health issues.  There is a point where the Department of Justice should take a harder look as to why so many court-related programs are claiming success. In all probability, […]

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70 percent of youth report past traumatic experience including physical or sexual abuse

Gentlereaders: Findings from the survey of youth in residential placement. Crime in America.Net The findings below are based on a recent document from the US Department of Justice regarding interviews with a nationally representative sample of 7,073 youth in custody during spring 2003. If one wonders why we have high levels of crime in America, one […]

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