Examining the impact of mental illness and substance use on time till re-incarceration in a county jail

Amy Blank Wilson, Jeffrey Draine, Stacey Barrenger, Trevor Hadley, Arthur Evans

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    This paper examines the role that substance use and serious mental illness play in criminal justice recidivism by examining the time to return to jail for a cohort of people admitted to jail in 2003 (N = 16,434). These analyses found that people with serious mental illness alone experienced the longest time in the community before returning to jail and were found to have a risk of re-incarceration that did not differ significantly from individuals with no psychiatric or substance use diagnoses. People with co-occurring disorders had a risk of re-incarceration that was over 40 % higher than that of individuals with no diagnosis.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)293-301
    Number of pages9
    JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2014



    • Co-occurring disorders
    • Criminal justice involvement
    • Serious mental illness

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychiatry and Mental health
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Health Policy
    • Phychiatric Mental Health

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