Mental health diversion courts: a prospective study of reoffending and clinical outcomes of an Australian mental health court program

Lim, Loraine, and Day, Andrew (2016) Mental health diversion courts: a prospective study of reoffending and clinical outcomes of an Australian mental health court program. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 55 (4). pp. 254-270.

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Abstract

This study is concerned with understanding the mechanisms by which mental health courts successfully improve the mental health of participants and, as a consequence, reduce subsequent offending. An analysis of preprogram and postprogram data from 112 adult offenders referred to an established mental health court in Australia revealed that, although participation in the program was associated with an overall reduction in new offenses, this was more likely to be related to preprogram risk of reoffending than improvements in mental health and well-being. The implications of these findings for the further development of court diversion programs are discussed.

Item ID: 47198
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: diversion, mental health court, reoffending, therapeutic jurisprudence
ISSN: 1540-8558
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 100%
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