IPRT Preliminary Briefing on Mental Health in Prisons



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Prisons should not be used to hold individuals with mental health difficulties. The prison environment places such persons at risk of developing further, or deeper, problems connected to placement in inappropriate conditions. It does not provide them with appropriate therapeutic interventions; it places them at greater risk of self-harm and suicide. It also places other prisoners, as well as prison staff, at risk of behaviours that may be caused by mental illness such as heightened levels of violence.


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