In response to the large-scale involvement of people with mental disorders in the criminal justice system, many communities have created specialized mental health courts in recent years. However, little research has been done to evaluate the criminal justice outcomes of such courts. This study evaluated whether a mental health court can reduce the risk of recidivism and violence by people with mental disorders who have been arrested.
The results indicate that a mental health court can reduce recidivism
and violence by people with mental disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system.
Effectiveness of a Mental Health Court in Reducing Criminal Recidivism and Violence