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Comparing the Characteristic of Prison Inmates Who Require Psychiatric Hospitalization With General Prison Population

NCJ Number
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology Volume: 32 Issue: 2 Dated: (September 1988) Pages: 123-133
L D Smith
Date Published
11 pages
This research profiles the 472 patients hospitalized during an annual period at Central New York Psychiatric Center, which is the sole provider of hospitalization for any of New York's 40,000 sentenced inmates who require acute inpatient care.
Patient characteristics are compared with those of the State's general prison population. Application of this form of analysis may prove useful elsewhere, as overrepresentation of patients with particular characteristics can be seen to hold implications for planning and development of relevant programs to address the needs of this clientele. Demographic and criminal justice characteristics examined include age, sex, race, marital status, religion, educational level, disabilities other than mental illness, crime of conviction and sentence length. (Author abstract)