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The National Trajectory Project

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.

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