Managing the Seriously Mentally Ill in Corrections

RAND CorporationThis report from the Rand Corporation examines how a disproportionate number of people with serious mental illness (SMI) become involved in the criminal justice system and ultimately fall under some form of correctional control.

Although some jurisdictions are making great strides with respect to how the criminal justice system deals with people with SMI, significant challenges and opportunities for improved outcomes remain. In light of the ongoing challenges the corrections sector faces in managing individuals with SMI, RAND researchers convened an expert workshop to better understand the challenges and identify the high-priority needs associated with how this population becomes involved with the justice system, as well as how to achieve better outcomes before and after they come under correctional control. The needs identified in this report represent a strong and diverse agenda that can serve as a foundation for transformational change.