Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

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How can we learn more about different strategies for improving outcomes when people with mental illnesses come in contact with the criminal justice system?

At each juncture of the criminal justice process-from before arrest to after release from a correctional facility-there are steps that you can take to improve the response to people with mental illnesses in your community. The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project Report (Consensus Project Report) provides more than 100 recommendations, endorsed by law enforcement, judges, advocates, consumers, and corrections officials, for addressing the problem at different stages of the criminal justice process. See “A Person with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System: A Flowchart of Select Events,” located on page 25 of the Consensus Project Report for specific information.

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