Mental Health Awareness Toolkit for Judges

Mental health and the judicial system is closely linked. It is estimated that 40% of prisoners, globally, suffer from mental illness. Criminal justice systems, the world over, face substantial challenges when dealing with an offender with mental illness. Without treatment, mental illness can linger, become worse and increase the chances of future involvement in the justice system. To achieve better results for the system and for individuals, access to mental health services should be provided at various stages in the criminal justice system. This toolkit seeks to help key stakeholders in the judicial process to understand better and respond appropriately to the mental health needs of offenders with mental illness.


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