Systematic Review of Mental Health Court Efficacy in Reducing Recidivism and Improving Treatment Outcomes
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Social Work Honors Theses; 2019
The current proportion of inmates with a serious mental illness is higher than the proportion of persons with a serious mental illness in the general United States population. In the past two decades, mental health courts have emerged in an effort to direct people with a serious mental illness in the criminal justice system towards the resources they need for recovery rather than simply and only punish them. Operating under the principal of therapeutic jurisprudence, these courts take special consideration for the emotional and psychological well-being of the offender. This systematic literature review evaluates the effect mental health courts have on criminal recidivism and treatment outcomes of persons with mental illness who participate in them and discusses the implications of its findings on future research directions.
Academic Major: Social Work
Honors College of Social Work