Corrections & Mental Health
Apr. 04, 2011
In recent years, an increasing number of persons with mental illness, including those who have co-occurring substance abuse disorders, have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Some estimates suggest that as many as two million men and women with mental health problems are involved with our country's community corrections, jail, and prison systems.
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is highly concerned with the health and mental well-being both of those who work diligently in community corrections, jails, and prisons and of those who are under correctional care, custody, and supervision, whether they are pretrial detainees, probationers, jail inmates, state or federal prisoners, or parolees.
In Corrections & Mental Health, NIC is pleased to provide outreach both to correctional practitioners and to those working in mental health services. With this publication, we hope to provide information that helps the men and women passing through the criminal justice system have successful, safe, and integrated lives within their local communities.