[PDF] Mental health and criminal justice: views from consultations across England and Wales

Source:
Centre for Mental Health
Publisher:
Centre for Mental Health
Publication date:
21 April 2016

Abstract

With extremely high rates of mental ill-health among the prison population, Mental health and criminal justice draws on experiences from across England and Wales to determine the way forward for improvement.

Commissioned by the Department of Health and the Ministry of Justice, the Centre's Dr Graham Durcan identified key areas for improvement across the criminal justice system. Consultations were held across England and Wales to review the experiences of over 200 people with personal or professional knowledge of the interfaces between the criminal justice system and mental health services.The report finds that few of the prisons represented at the events were able to offer psychological therapies, and that primary mental health care remains the weakest element of mental health support in prisons. For many people, leaving prison is a time of crisis. Many have nowhere to live and no source of income. The report calls for a new ‘concordat’ between different government agencies to join together better to help people through this difficult time.