Risk of reincarceration among prisoners with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders

Jacques Baillargeon, Joseph V. Penn, Kevin Knight, Amy Jo Harzke, Gwen Baillargeon, Emilie A. Becker

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Abstract

This study examined whether the presence of a comorbid substance use disorder increased the risk of criminal recidivism and reincarceration in prison inmates with a severe mental illness. Our analyses of more than 61,000 Texas prison inmates showed that those with a co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorder exhibited a substantially higher risk of multiple incarcerations over a 6-year period compared to inmates with psychiatric disorders alone or substance use disorders alone. Further research is needed to identify the factors associated with criminal recidivism among released prisoners with co-occurring disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-374
Number of pages8
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

Keywords

  • Criminal recidivism
  • Mental illness
  • Prisons
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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