Why this is important
A strong link exists between poor mental health and the likelihood of coming into contact with the criminal justice system. Compared to prisoners with no mental illness, those prisoners experiencing mental ill health are likely to have a history of imprisonment, lower educational attainment, higher rates of substance misuse and a history of unemployment. Early intervention to treat emerging mental illness and the effects of trauma is critical to changing this trajectory.
Prison conditions can also exacerbate symptoms of mental illness. Diversion programs, interventions and support after release can help reduce the number of people with a mental illness re-entering custody.
Indicator: Reduce the proportion of people in the prison population who have a previous experience of mental illness