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Literature review: UK veterans and the criminal justice system

Article

This paper reviews the available evidence on whether UK veterans are increasingly and disproportionately involved with the criminal justice system in significantly higher numbers and suggests where further studies might increase understanding of the issue and inform the Royal British Legion’s service and strategy development.

Abstract

As a result of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been a focus from politicians, the media and the public on the experiences of the Armed Forces members involved. There has been increased concern that military Service, and combat experience in particular, can have a negative impact on health and wellbeing. There has been a debate about whether UK veterans are increasingly and disproportionately involved with the criminal justice system in significantly higher numbers. This paper aims to review the available evidence on the subject, suggest where further studies might increase understanding of the issue and inform the Legion’s service and strategy development.

Full Reference

The Royal British Legion (No Year), Literature review: UK veterans and the criminal justice system, https://media.britishlegion.org.uk/Media/2280/litrev_ukvetscrimjustice.pdf