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This study sought to examine the prevalence of cognitive impairment in a representative sample of Indigenous offenders from Victorian prisons.
Poor mental health among people in the Australian criminal justice system is increasingly being identified and targeted for remediation. This is evidenced by Australian and international governments establishing specialist services for prisoners with mental disorders such as forensic hospitals, forensic units within prisons and specialist...
Research suggests that individuals with a mental illness and/or intellectual disability are over-represented at all stages in the criminal justice system. As such, it appears that traditional criminal justice responses may not be as effective with this offender group. Alternative criminal justice processes...
Theories on the causal relationship between drug use and crime in Australian literature have often overlooked the influence of gender as a confounding variable while research indicates that pathways into drug use and crime differ for males and females. Using data from the Australian Institute...
Bernadette McSherry looks at the issue of violence prevention from a mental health perspective, discussing the implications for sentencing decisions and examining the ethical and legal background to such assessments. It outlines the different ways in which risk can be measured and managed.
This is the first Australian study to measure the prevalence of mental disorder among offenders nationally, using information provided by 690 police detainees who participated in the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program. Around half reported having been diagnosed with a...