This article shares the findings from a study conducted to determine rates of reincarceration for justice-involved people with mental illness.
In order to determine rates of reincarceration for people with mental illness, the authors of this study analyzed a cohort of 79,211 people diagnosed with mental illness who began serving a sentence between September 2006 and September 2007. They looked at their history of mental illness and incarceration from the past 6 years. Thee findings demonstrate that individuals with serious mental illness have significantly higher rates of reincarceration than those who do not have serious mental illness. They offer a number of recommendations for reducing recidivism among this population, including improved continuity of care and more diversion options.