Johnson County Jail's mental health screening reduced recidivism, Notre Dame study finds

Author: Leigh Lynes


A Johnson County partnership is reducing recidivism among people with serious mental illnesses, a new University of Notre Dame study found.

Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities conducted a study on the jail mental health screening that’s been implemented at Johnson County Jail — through a partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and Johnson County Mental Health Center — since November 2016.

Recidivism, the tendency to reoffend and return to jail, among Johnson County detainees was reduced by 12% after 60 days and by 10% after 180 days, the study found.

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Originally published by Leigh Lynes at on May 10, 2021.