People who live with mental health problems and are also involved with the justice system face challenges that can hinder their recovery. As Canada Research Chair in Mental Health, Justice and Safety, Dr. Anne Crocker is examining the trajectories of persons with mental health problems involved in the justice system in order to develop prevention strategies and programs.
Using multi-site, cross-sector studies, Crocker and her research team are trying to better understand the experiences, needs and outcomes of those with mental illness who have been involved in the justice system. Their goal is to come up with new ways to cut down on the tendency for people to cycle continuously between poorly integrated, under-resourced systems. She and her team are also looking for ways to manage the risk of re-criminalization and to aid offenders’ integration into the community—while also ensuring public safety and reducing costs.