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The Mentally I11 in Prisons: A Review
Ron Jemelka; Eric Trupin; John A. Chiles
Psychiatric Services 1989; doi:
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Some of the data reported in this paper were collected as part of a research project funded by grant 86-IJ-CX-0072 from the National Institute of Justice. The authors also acknowledge the support and assistance of the Washington State Department of Corrections, which allowed them to study prison mental health issues.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle

1989 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Mentally ill persons who have been charged with crimes present difficult dilemmas for correctional authorities and mental health system administrators. The authors examine the scope of the problem, the legal issues and treatment needs of this population during incarceration, and the obstacles in caring for them after their eventual release from prison. They recommend that mentally ill offenders be afforded the same level of mental health care available to mentally ill residents in other institutions and in the community. The need for postrelease supervision and coordination between mental health and correctional authorities are central issues in reintegrating mentally ill offenders into the community.

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