The Mental Health of Federal Offenders: A Summative Review of the Prevalence Literature

Psychology Services Branch, Federal Bureau of Prisons, 320 First Street, NW, Washington, DC 20534, USA.
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research (Impact Factor: 3.44). 06/2006; 33(3):253-63. DOI: 10.1007/s10488-005-0022-2
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To date, only a small number of government and peer-reviewed studies have examined the mental health of federal offenders. Although these studies provide isolated bits of information they have yet to be organized into a coherent body of knowledge from which clinicians, administrators and policy makers can inform their work. As a first step in constructing this knowledge and understanding the possible mental health needs of this population (currently America's largest correctional population), this paper delineates the available government and peer-reviewed studies on federal offenders, highlights their convergent findings, and suggests opportunities for growth in research, administration and policy.

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