How the prison-to-community transition risk environment influences the experiences of men with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder

Denton, Michelle, Foster, Michele and Bland, Robert (2015) How the prison-to-community transition risk environment influences the experiences of men with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 50 1: 39-55. doi:10.1177/0004865815620703

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Author Denton, Michelle
Foster, Michele
Bland, Robert
Title How the prison-to-community transition risk environment influences the experiences of men with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8658
1837-9273
Publication date 2015-12-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0004865815620703
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 50
Issue 1
Start page 39
End page 55
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Previous research has established that people with severe mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorder leaving prison have multiple and complex health, social and economic challenges. How the criminal justice and mental health systems influence the individual prison-to-community transition experience of this population is less well understood. This paper draws on unique qualitative data from a study of 18 men with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorder leaving prison in Queensland, Australia. A repeat in-depth interview method was used to explore the experiences of the men in prison just prior to release and at two points post-release. Two themes are discussed from analysis of interviews: “risk behaviour and relapse” and “once a criminal always a risk”. The findings suggest that individual risk behaviour is structured within a transition risk environment that reduces individual agency, thus facilitating a vicious cycle of release, relapse and reincarceration.
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