September 13, 2006
Study Finds More than 50% of All Inmates Have Mental Problems
From DeathPenaltyInfo.org: According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics Study released September 6, more than half of all prison and jail inmates, including 56% of state prisoners, 45% of federal prisoners, and 64% of local jail inmates have mental health problems.
The study was based on reporting of symptoms by inmates rather than through medical diagnosis. Among state prisoners with mental problems, 43% had symptoms of mania, 23% had major depression, and 15% had psychotic disorders. Having mental health problems was closely correlated with violence and past criminal activity.
Other significant findings regarding those prisoners with mental problems included:
- 74% of those in state prison were dependent on or abusing drugs or alcohol in the year before their admission
- 13% of those in state prison were homeless in the year before their incarceration
- 27% of those in state prison reported past physical or sexual abuse.
Get Study. . . [Mark Godsey]
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