Identifying, treating and reducing risk for offenders with mental illness

Individuals with serious and oft en disabling mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression are grossly overrepresented in the criminal justice system. Compared to the general population, the lifetime prevalence rate of these serious mental illnesses in the correctional population is twice as high for
both men and women (Teplin 1990 ; Teplin, Abram, and McClelland 1996 ; see also Prins and Draper 2009).