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Salt Lake County Launches Study of Criminal Justice System

The Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) today announced plans for a comprehensive analysis of Salt Lake County’s jail population in an effort to identify ways to reduce reoffense rates among people released from jail and design strategies to improve outcomes for the large portion of the jail population struggling with mental and/or substance use disorders.

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BJA Director Delivers Statement at Senate Hearing on Law Enforcement Responses to Americans with Mental Illnesses and Disabilities

At the April 29th hearing—“Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans: Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Safety”—Director Denise O’Donnell of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) delivered statements about the department’s support for evidence-based practices and promising interventions for individuals with mental illnesses and/or disabilities who are involved with the justice system.

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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant Recipients Convene for Orientation and Training

To help federal grant recipients learn how to develop successful criminal justice and mental health collaborations, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, hosted its fifth annual training and orientation conference, “Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery” on May 13–14 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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House Passes Bill Funding Key Justice Programs

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) 2015 federal spending bill that funds Department of Justice (DOJ) programs. The bill provides $27.8 billion for DOJ programs in FY2015, an increase of $383 million over current spending.

Announcements

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Incarceration in America Conference

Hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College, this two-day conference will discuss incarceration in America with a focus on improving the justice system, which has the highest documented rate of incarceration in the world.

Webinars

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Youthful Offenders – DC Public Safety Television

This video, aired on DC Public Safety Television and produced by Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) and the Office of Cable Television, provides an overview of CSOSA’ efforts to implement best practices for [...]

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Mental Health Courts Research Roundup: Applying Research to Practice

This webinar, held on March 26th, 2013, provided an overview of emerging research about mental health courts and discussed its implications for mental health court practitioners and policymakers. During the webinar, mental health court researchers shared their findings and facilitated [...]

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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Applicants

On January 24, 2013, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grant applications. On February 19, 2013, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) hosted a webinar [...]

Publications

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MN Lawmakers Get Update on State of Specialty Courts

“We increased funding $750,000 a year in our last biennium for specialty courts. We want to make sure specialty courts are available to people all across the state and not just in certain areas,” said Rep. Debra Hilstrom (DFL-Brooklyn Center).

Vera Program Serving At-Risk and Justice-Involved NYC Youth Expands in New Home

Adolescent Portable Therapy (APT), a program that has created and provided home-based substance abuse and mental health treatment to more than 1,500 at-risk and justice system-involved New York City youth during its 13-year history, has transitioned from the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) to The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES).

Ohio County Creates Juvenile Drug Court Program

It’s a first for Ohio County, a juvenile drug court program aimed at getting kids clean and off of drugs or alcohol. The multi-faceted program involves counseling, family sessions, drug testing and court appearances.

Mental Illness Program Could Transform L.A. County Justice System

Los Angeles officials announced Wednesday the launch of an alternative sentencing program aimed at diverting mentally ill, low-level offenders from jail into treatment, a project they hope will signal a dramatic shift for the county’s criminal justice system.