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Call for papers: Suicide and self-harm risk in criminal justice involved populations

Suicide is a worldwide phenomenon with over 800,000 people taking their lives each year. Eventual suicides are 5 times higher in male prisoners and 20 times higher in female prisoners than in general population controls. Similarly high rates are also demonstrated for people in police custody, the courts and probation services in the community. To address this issue suicide and self-harm behaviour should be considered in people who self-harm or attempt suicide throughout the criminal justice pathway.

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    Authors: Jake Phillips, Nicola Padfield and Loraine Gelsthorpe

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Featured collection: Complex needs in justice-involved populations

People who cycle through the criminal justice system are characterised by a high prevalence of health-related problems, such as substance dependence, mental disorder, infectious and chronic disease, and intellectual disability. These problems are typically set against a backdrop of extreme social disadvantage. This new collection explores the co-occurrence of these needs, something that comparatively few papers have considered so far. 

Edited by Stuart Kinner, Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australia

Aims and scope

Health & Justice presents original experimental research on the area of health and well-being of people involved in the adult or juvenile justice system, including people who work in it. Through meta-analyses and systematic reviews about topics at the intersection of public health and criminal justice, the journal fills a gap in the literature presenting protocols and clinical practice guidelines and encouraging translational science, exploring possible ways of introducing innovations in the justice system.

The journal is open to submissions from public health, criminology and criminal justice, medical science, psychologysociology, neuroscience, anthropology and the social sciences, and covers a broad array of research types.

Health & Justice aims for a broad reach, including researchers across many disciplines as well as justice practitioners, such as judges, prosecutors, defenders, probation officers, treatment providers, mental health and medical personnel working with justice-involved individuals.

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New Content ItemWe are pleased to announce that Health & Justice is indexed in Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, and in PubMed Central, the free archive for full-text biomedical and life sciences journal articles. 

This journal is indexed by

    • PubMed
    • PubMed Central® (PMC)
    • SCOPUS
    • Google Scholar
    • Criminal Justice Periodical Index
    • DOAJ
    • EBSCO Criminal Justice Abstracts
    • EBSCO Discovery Service
    • EBSCO TOC Premier
    • OCLC
    • ProQuest Central
    • ProQuest Health Management Database
    • ProQuest Health Research Premium Collection
    • ProQuest Public Health Database
    • ProQuest Social Science Collection
    • Summon by ProQuest

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