Mental Health Support in Legal Proceedings: Psychologists in the Criminal Justice System

In the realm of criminal justice, psychologists assume a crucial role in providing essential mental health support. By conducting competency evaluations and early mental health screenings, they identify defendants grappling with severe mental illness. These insights inform critical decisions on diversion programs, bond release, and treatment strategies, ultimately enhancing legal proceedings. Through tailored conditional release plans and expert consultation, psychologists facilitate effective communication between attorneys and clients, contributing to a fairer and more equitable criminal justice system.