Mental health and crime
Mental health and the criminal justice system have long been intertwined. Mental disorders in prison populations are up to four times higher than those in the general population. A strong link also exists between illicit drug use and mental health problems with those who have been incarcerated reporting almost five times the incidence of substance-use disorders than other individuals. The AIC’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program shows that pathways into drug use and crime differ for males and females with females showing a stronger link between mental illness, drug use and arrest. Further AIC studies examine the link between mental health and offending. The AIC website includes extensive research from both AIC researchers and experts from Australia and overseas, including guidelines developed for policy makers and program developers.
Diversion and support of people with mental illness. Guidelines for best practice
National Justice CEOs Group and the Victorian Government Department of Justice. 2010.
Justice mental health audit 2003-2008 : National Justice Mental Health Initiative
National Justice CEOs Group, 2008
- Mental health and the criminal justice system
- Links between mental health and illicit drugs
- Link between mental health and offending
- Diversion and support of people with mental illness. Guidelines for best practice.
- Measuring mental health in criminology research: Lessons from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program
18 February 2013
- Police interviews with vulnerable adult suspects
13 July 2011
- Court-based mental health diversion programs
03 June 2011
- Mental health, abuse, drug use and crime: does gender matter?
11 November 2009
- Mental disorders and incarceration history
28 January 2009
- Schizophrenia and offending: area of residence and the impact of social disorganisation and urbanicity
04 November 2008
- The identification of mental disorders in the criminal justice system
04 March 2007
- Mental health and drug dependency amongst police detainees
19 July 2005
- Risk assessment by mental health professionals and the prevention of future violent behaviour
04 July 2004
- Mental disorder and homicide in Australia
04 November 1999
- Intellectual disability and criminal victimisation
04 September 1996