The Mental Health of Federal Offenders: A Summative Review of the Prevalence Literature
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- Magaletta, P.R., Diamond, P.M., Dietz, E. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2006) 33: 253. doi:10.1007/s10488-005-0022-2
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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.