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The mental health of culturally and linguistically diverse offenders – what do we know?

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posted on 2023-05-18, 06:07 authored by A Rose, SM Shepherd, JRP Ogloff
Objective: A key challenge facing justice health service providers is addressing and treating the high rates of mental illness among offenders. It is well documented that rates of mental illness are substantially higher within prison populations compared to the general population. As such, the need to provide ongoing treatment to prisoners experiencing mental health issues is of fundamental importance. Prisoners experiencing mental health disorders are more likely to have poorer social outcomes on release, including a greater likelihood of recidivism and poorer health outcomes. The growing numbers of justice-involved individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds signal the need for justice systems to adapt to the changing demographic. Conclusions: In this commentary, we argue that greater efforts to explore the nature and prevalence of mental illness among CALD groups in custody, where such concerns are often intertwined with additional complex personal, environmental and historical criminogenic risk factors, are desperately needed to improve system responses and reduce recidivism.

History

Journal

Australasian Psychiatry

Volume

28

Pagination

438-441

Location

England

ISSN

1039-8562

eISSN

1440-1665

Language

en

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

4

Publisher

SAGE Publications