Mental Disorders Among Criminal Offenders: A Review of the Literature [2017]

This article examines mental illness among adult, juvenile, male, female, jail, and prison inmates. It also explores the way in which mental health diagnoses impact offending and violent behavior. A review of literature pertaining to differences between the genders and age of offenders suggests that psychiatric disorders are more common among criminal offenders than the population at large. Furthermore, it appears that many mentally ill offenders do not receive sufficient treatment during their incarcerations and that barriers inherent to incarceration prevent adequate treatment of mental illnesses.

Emily D. Gottfried PhD, Sheresa C. Christopher, PhD
Journal of Correctional Health Care, Vol 23, Issue 3, 2017