Former Armed Forces personnel in the Criminal Justice System


This review addresses former Armed Forces personnel who find themselves moving through the Criminal Justice System. It calls for coherent national guidance on working with former Armed Forces offenders and more coherent pathways into mental health, social, welfare, and employment support for offenders who are in contact with the Criminal Justice System.


As we commemorate the centenary of World War 1 and the official withdrawal of UK military troops from Afghanistan, the fate of former armed forces personnel has come into sharp focus once again. Most of the current generation of personnel who leave service make successful transitions back into civilian life. However, some personnel do not. A proportion will develop mental health problems and some will find themselves involved in the Criminal Justice System. In view of the Armed Forces covenant, there is an expectation that more should be done to support the entire military family.

Full Reference

MacManus, D., Fossey, M., Watson, S. E. and Wessely, S. (2015) Former Armed Forces personnel in the Criminal Justice System. The Lancet Psychiatry, 2(2), 121-122.