By Emma Kerr

June 22, 2017

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Only one-third of inmates in the U.S. with mental-health problems receive

treatment, according to a new Department of Justice report released

Thursday. In federal prisons, about half of those who need treatment get it,

DOJ found.



Inmates are five times as likely to have a mental-health problem than the

general U.S. population. The report, by Jennifer Bronson and Marcus

Berzofsky, found most prisoners and jail inmates with a mental-health

problem have at some point received treatment in their lives. Overall, more

jail inmates have a current mental health problem than federal prisoners.