The present study examines the role of violence in the life of a mentally disordered offender before and during incarceration. This article evaluates prior victimization, prison victimization, and the rate of violent crimes against individuals who have been professionally diagnosed with a mental illness. The results suggest there is a clear relationship between mental illness, victimization before incarceration, and the likelihood of committing a violent crime. However, there is a less clear indication of the relationship between mental illness and victimization during incarceration. The results suggest that the likelihood of victimization varies based on specific diagnoses.

Kayla G. Jachimowski
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 08 Jan 2018