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Editorial
November 1, 2016

Mental Illness, Release From Prison, and Social Context

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA. 2016;316(17):1771-1772. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.12434

Revolving in and out of prisons and jails is no way to recover from a devastating disease like schizophrenia—but that is the challenge facing too many people with serious mental illnesses. In addition to complex health needs that often include substance misuse and medical comorbidities, mentally ill individuals who reenter the community from prison are at risk for unemployment, homelessness, and criminal recidivism.1 What role does treatment with psychotropic medications have in improving outcomes for this population?

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