Mental Health and Fair Trial

The Mental Health and Fair Trial report was published on 27 November 2017. It makes 52 recommendations on various aspects of the criminal justice process. 

JUSTICE is a law reform and human rights organisation that works to improve the justice system. They are a membership organisation of legal professionals at all stages of their career.

A group of them worked together to research and publish a report about people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system. There has been a concern about the increasing number of people with mental health problems that end up in police custody and prison.

They made 52 recommendations about how the system can be improved from all stages of the process including making sure that people with mental health problems are identified so that they have proper support and to make sure that they aren’t sent to prison inappropriately.

The report can be found here.

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