Less than 1 in 10 of people deemed not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder (NCR) commit or attempt homicides or sexual offences according to the National Trajectory Project (the largest known study in Canada). Forensic experts from Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia analyzed 1800 NCR cases between May 2000 and April 2005, including a three-year follow-up review. They found low recidivism rates and a diverse history of clinical diagnoses and offences for the NCR population studied. Detailed findings are now available in seven articles published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Follow the links below to access the articles.
Download the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Fact Sheet (above) which illustrates some of the National Trajectory Projects findings.
The National Trajectory Project of Individuals Found Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder in Canada:
- Part 1: Context and Methods
- Part 2: The People Behind the Label
- Part 3: Trajectories and Outcomes Through the Forensic System
- Part 4: Criminal Recidivism
- Part 5: How Essential are Gender-Sensitive Forensic Psychiatric Services?
- Guest Editorial: A Valuable (and Ongoing) Study, the National Trajectory Project Addresses Many Myths About the Verdict of Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder
This project was funded through grants in part from Fonds de recherche Quebec-santé and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.