People with mental illness are over-represented in the criminal justice system, and in 2014 the Commission engaged the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales to undertake a long-term research project to help understand why. Researchers will establish a data set that will enable investigation into the impact of mental illness on offending behaviour in NSW; the rate of offending and reoffending among those diagnosed with a mental illness in NSW; the proportion of crime in NSW committed by people with a mental illness; and predictors of violent and non-violent offending and reoffending in those with mental illness. In 2015-16, researchers linked major data sets from NSW Health, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research and Corrective Services NSW. In 2016-17 researchers are conducting further data linkage and preliminary data analysis.
Living Well Action 6.6.2
Last updated: 28 June 2017