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Psychiatric Morbidity in Prisons
J. Frank James; Dick Gregory; Renee K. Jones; O. H. Rundell
Psychiatric Services 1980; doi:
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Research and Evaluation Branch Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences University of Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

American Psychiatric Association

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Faced with the recommendation by an outside consultant to construct a large hospital for the criminally insane, the Oklahoma legislature approved a proposal by the state mental health department to study the mental health treatment needs of the prison population. Through a variety of assessment techniques, the authors found the inmates bad a spectrum of disorders needing different treatment approaches. Approximately 78 per cent of the inmates are diagnosable. Thirty-five per cent require treatment other than brief intervention, and 10 per cent are seriously ill. It is estimated that 20 per cent may be resistive and may require involuntary treatment.

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