Poor health outcomes for ex-prisoners after release

People with a history of mental disorders experience particularly poor outcomes after being released from prison, according to new research.

Researchers analysed the health needs of 1324 former prisoners in Queensland within six weeks of their expected release, and six months after their return to the community. They found issues with reintegration, such as unstable housing, unemployment, drug use and risky drinking, were more common in ex-prisoners with a history of mental disorders.

Lead researcher Stuart Kinner said assisting the transition from prison into the community is in the best interests of everyone.

Read more at University of Melbourne