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Study: Link between Treatment Programs and Reduced Jail, Recidivism

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

By LaMont Jones

A five-year study by the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice at Wayne State University’s School of Social Work found that diverting individuals with mental health disorders into treatment programs rather than simply jailing them significantly reduces the jail population and reduces the chances of recidivism. The two-phase study, recently released by the state of Michigan, is based on research conducted between 2014 and this year. Titled “Mental Health Across the Criminal Legal Continuum: A Summary of Five Years of Research in Ten Counties,” the study examines the impact of a series of pilot intervention programs and improved jail-diversion efforts in several Michigan counties and calls for greater investment in mental health and drug treatment statewide.

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