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A study of criminality and psychiatric morbidity among prison inmates

Suresh Reddy Kancharla

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Malla Reddy Medical College for Women, Kukatpally, Telangana, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Suresh Kumar Karthikeyan

Assistant professor, Department of forensic medicine, ACS MEDICAL COLLEGE AND HOSPITAL, velappanchavadi, Poonamalle high road, Chennai 600077, India Google Scholar More about the auther

, Pramod Kumar V

Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Malla Reddy Medical College for Women, Kukatpally, Telangana, India Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.029/20200804

DOI: 10.25215/0804.029

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Introduction: Prisons hold many people that society does not want to have around and it would be wise to keep them there. In India, we do not have a clear understanding of the extent and patterns of mental health problems in prisons. Materials and methods: The study was carried out in the Chanchalguda Central Prison. Study sample of 100 prisoners was selected by random sampling technique ensuring proportionate representation to violent as well as the non-violent groups. Mini Plus 5.00 administered for psychiatric disorders.  Results: 86% of prisoners are diagnosed as having a diagnosis of either mental illness or substance use according to mini-plus. 53% of prioner reported substance use prior to imprisonment. Conclusion: A high prevalence of psychiatric morbidity (86%) was found in the prison pointing to the fact that urgent attention is required with the aim of reducing the burden of psychiatric disorders.

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

18.01.029/20200804

10.25215/0804.029

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Published in   Volume 08, Issue 4, October-December, 2020