A legal body in South Australia has warned that nearly 2,000 offenders struggling with mental issues are being released back into the society due to the jails not able to provide adequate mental health treatment.
According to Law Society, a nominal increase of just 10 forensic mental health beds in the state means that a large number of prisoners suffering from mental issues are not being treated adequately. Matters have not been helped with the mental status of the prisoners is not being prioritized by either the state or the federal government which means that many prisoners released from the jails pose a serious risk of being turned into repeat offenders.
The Law Society president Ralph Bonig revealed of 4447 prisoners released last financial year, 1869 prisoners had not received adequate mental health treatment and are at a high risk of re-offending.
"Everyone realises it is an issue. The literature is just flooded with it. It is disturbing to see the Council of Australian Government's action plan for national health has not been able to specifically target the area. Unless this issue is addressed swiftly it will spiral out of control", Bonig said.