Study Sheds Light on How the Justice System Can Affect Physical, Mental Health

NC State University News

By Matt Shipman

New research from North Carolina State University finds that being convicted of a crime is associated with a decline in one’s physical health, even if the conviction doesn’t lead to jail time. The study also confirms previous work finding that being arrested is associated with adverse mental health outcomes, even if an individual isn’t ultimately charged with a crime. “Many people often think of low-level interactions with the justice system as being inconsequential,” says April Fernandes, author of a paper on the work and an assistant professor of sociology at NC State. “For example, if someone is arrested and released, it’s seen as ‘no harm, no foul.’

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