Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 253–263

The Mental Health of Federal Offenders: A Summative Review of the Prevalence Literature

  • Philip R. Magaletta
  • Pamela M. Diamond
  • Erik Dietz
  • Stephen Jahnke

DOI: 10.1007/s10488-005-0022-2

Cite this article as:
Magaletta, P.R., Diamond, P.M., Dietz, E. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2006) 33: 253. doi:10.1007/s10488-005-0022-2


To date, only a small number of government and peer-reviewed studies have examined the mental health of federal offenders. Although these studies provide isolated bits of information they have yet to be organized into a coherent body of knowledge from which clinicians, administrators and policy makers can inform their work. As a first step in constructing this knowledge and understanding the possible mental health needs of this population (currently America’s largest correctional population), this paper delineates the available government and peer-reviewed studies on federal offenders, highlights their convergent findings, and suggests opportunities for growth in research, administration and policy.


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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip R. Magaletta
    • 1
  • Pamela M. Diamond
    • 2
    • 5
  • Erik Dietz
    • 3
  • Stephen Jahnke
    • 4
  1. 1.Psychology Services BranchFederal Bureau of PrisonsWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Center for Health PromotionUniversity of Texas at Houston Health Sciences CenterHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Psychology Services Branch and Office of Research and EvaluationFederal Bureau of PrisonsWashington, DCUSA
  4. 4.Marymount UniversityArlingtonUSA
  5. 5.Center for Health PromotionUniversity of Texas at Houston Health Sciences CenterHoustonUSA