Mental Health and the Justice System in Durham County

Project Summary

This summer, our objective was to take data provided by the Durham County Detention Facility (DCDF), Duke Health, and Lincoln Community Health Center and analyze trends across the local justice system and these health care institutions, specifically in regards to individuals with mental illness. We analyzed the experience of individuals who were incarcerated by looking at their demographic characteristics, emergency department usage, and criminal justice encounters. Using these initial findings, we hope to better understand the relationship between health care utilization and rates of recidivism in Durham County during the school year through a Bass Connections Team.

Project Leads: Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, Maria Tackett

Project Manager: Ruth Wygle

 

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Themes and Categories
Year
2020
Contact
Paul Bendich
Mathematics
bendich@math.duke.edu

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