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Advisory Committee Chair

Kathryn Morgan

Advisory Committee Members

Heith Copes

Akhlaque Haque

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Science (MS) College of Arts and Sciences


Mental health courts have been established to help meet the treatment needs of the mentally ill offender. If mentally ill offenders commit crimes because of their mental illness, then “by treating [them], society may benefit through reduced recidivism and improvements in social outcomes” (Mears, 2004, 258). This study focuses on the Jefferson County Mental Health Court and its participants. It addresses two main research questions: 1) Who participants in the Jefferson County Mental Health Court; and 2) What factors exist to help predict who successfully completes the Jefferson County Mental Health Court? Unlike the majority of other mental health courts, this mental health court only accepts felony offenders. The unique structure of this particular mental health court makes this study crucial, as a mental health court model is in the development stages.



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