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Offenders: Mental illness

Justice written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of offenders with mental health disorders who will require treatment in the community as a result of his proposals to reduce the prison population.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The Ministry of Justice estimate, that as a result of full implementation of mental health liaison and diversion policies in police stations and courts, annually between 3,000-10,000 people might be diverted away from short prison sentences, instead being suitable for treatment by community mental health services, in the majority of cases in combination with a community sentence.

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