Occurence of psychiatric disorder in a county jail population

Am J Psychiatry. 1976 Nov;133(11):1331-3. doi: 10.1176/ajp.133.11.1331.


The authors report on a year's experience in providing psychiatric services in a county jail setting. Of 545 inmates evaluated, 22% were diagnosed as psychotic and 23% had a history of long-term or multiple hospitalizations. The authors discuss the implications of these data in terms of the problem of providing adequate psychiatric care for such a population.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Colorado
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Patient Readmission
  • Prisoners*
  • Psychotic Disorders / epidemiology*