Social work has a significant role in helping these ex-convicts achieve greater self-efficacy outside the prison walls through enhancing their access to related basic social and health services and helping them build the relationships and resources they need for their welfare.
At the least. The government understands that the mentally ill cannot possibly care for their welfare immediately after imprisonment. As a result, it provides a free bus ticket, some pocket money, and two weeks of medication. At least, the government does not completely leave them empty-handed. In “Research Protections for Diverted Mentally Ill Individuals: Should They Be Considered Prisoners?” Amory, Amrhein, and Dery (2011) studied the concept and practice of diversion for mentally ill offenders and reviewed the literature on the concepts of “coercion,” “informed consent” and “decisional capacity” of imprisoned mentally ill individuals. They discussed the existing diversion programs for these kinds of prisoners. They explained that government policy provides pre-booking and post-booking programs that direct the mentally ill away from the traditional criminal justice system (Amory, Amrhein, & Dery, 2011, p.797). These programs help them access the medical attention they need, instead of being imprisoned only.
Possibilities for improvements. The government policy on mentally ill offenders can be amended. It can be enhanced to boost the support for these offenders. The main emphases are on their preparation for freedom.