Source: Sarah Hammond, State Legislatures, Vol. 33 no. 4, April 2007
Treating mental illness in young people can keep them from a future of crime and delinquency.
Without treatment, these young people continue in delinquency and often become adult criminals. The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that more than three-quarters of the mentally ill offenders in jail had prior offenses. Effective assessment and comprehensive responses to court-involved juveniles with mental health needs is necessary to help break this cycle and provide for healthier young people who are less likely to commit crimes, Cocozza says.