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NIJ Study of Prisoner Mental Health Problems. Nationally representative samples of prison inmates (2004, N = 18,200) and jail inmates (2002, N = 7,000) Interviewers asked each inmate about symptoms of mental disorders they experienced within the last year Self-reported mental disorders

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Nij study of prisoner mental health problems
NIJ Study of PrisonerMental Health Problems

  • Nationally representative samples of prison inmates (2004, N = 18,200) and jail inmates (2002, N = 7,000)

  • Interviewers asked each inmate about symptoms of mental disorders they experienced within the last year

  • Self-reported mental disorders

    • State prisons: 73 percent of females and 55 percent of males

    • Federal prisons: 61 percent of females and 44 percent of males

    • Jails: 75 percent of females and 63 percent of males.


Self reported disorders breakdowns
Self-reported disorders --breakdowns

  • State prisoners: 43 percent had symptoms of mania, 23 percent major depression and 15 percent psychotic disorder.

  • Federal prisoners: 35 percent had symptoms of mania, 16 percent major depression and 10 percent psychotic disorder.

  • ail inmates: 54 percent had symptoms of mania, 30 percent major depression and 24 percent psychotic disorder, such as delusions or hallucinations


Association of self-reported mental health problems with violence and recidivism

  • 61 percent of state prisoners and 44 percent of jail inmates had a current or past violent offense.

  • 25 percent of state prisoners and 26 percent of jail inmates had served three or more prior sentences.

  • Inmates with self-reported mental health problems had high rates of drug and alcohol dependency and abuse in the year before they were confined

    • 74 percent of state prisoners and 76 percent of jail inmates

    • 37 percent of state prisoners and 34 percent of jail inmates said they used drugs at the time of their offense.

    • 13 percent of state prisoners and 12 percent of jail inmates said they used methamphetamines in the month before their offense.

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/mhppji.htm


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