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Campaign for an Effective Crime Policy

Campaign Publications


From Prisons to Hospitals and Back: The Criminalization of Mental Illness - the overuse of incarceration for large numbers of mentally ill individuals, some of whom need psychiatric hospitalization and many others who could be safely diverted to treatment and supervision in the community is a major concern for criminal justice and mental health advocates. The Campaign's new briefing paper outlines the development and current status of the problem, and points to alternatives. Other papers in this series look at examples of local diversion programs from different jurisdictions, and the special challenges of diversion for offenders with co-occuring substance abuse and mental illness.