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Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum

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State Standards: Building Better Mental Health Courts

State Standards: Building Better Mental Health Courts

As formal “mental health courts” (MHCs) enter their third decade in existence, policymakers are increasingly looking to distill the best of research and practice into state standards that foster high-quality programing and accountability for MHCs in their states.

Q&A with Julian Adler of the Red Hook Community Justice Center

Q&A with Julian Adler of the Red Hook Community Justice Center

As the nation’s first multijurisdictional community court, the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn has served as a neighborhood hub for clinical services, community service, youth programs, and other social supports since its founding in 2000.

DC Courts Are Connecting Individuals with On-Site Treatment

DC Courts Are Connecting Individuals with On-Site Treatment

Having an urgent care clinic located only feet away from courtrooms allows judges and court staff to guarantee that people have access to services. For many defendants, this may be the first contact they’ve had with a mental health professional. Moreover, for some, this treatment may well reduce the likelihood that they will be arrested in the future.

Announcements

Apply Now: Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Apply Now: Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry, Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) of the U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications for a Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry. The selected candidate will oversee the implementation of the Second Chance Act and BJA’s reentry efforts, which include program and policy development and significant collaborative work with federal partners and the Federal Interagency Reentry Council.

Call for Applicants to the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative

Call for Applicants to the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative

The Institute for Educational Leadership is currently accepting applications from organizations interested in improving employment outcomes for youth involved in the court system. Funds awarded from this program can be used for education, occupational training for in-demand industries, and other workforce development activities for individuals ages 14 to 24.

Webinars

Webinar: “Expungement: Policy and Practice in the South”

Webinar: “Expungement: Policy and Practice in the South”

This webinar provides an overview of policy trends regarding the expungement/sealing of criminal record information in the South, using case studies of southern states including South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, ¬¬and Maryland.

Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

This webinar provides an overview of three briefs that were recently published by National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among youth.

Youthful Offenders – DC Public Safety Television

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 […]

Publications

Recent Headlines

After Ferguson, States Struggle To Crack Down On Court Debt

For years, state and local governments have attached additional fees and costs to everything from speeding tickets to parole supervision. According to a growing body of research, they can trap poor people in debt, and corrupt law enforcement and the courts.

Exclusion of Blacks from Juries Raises Renewed Scrutiny

A recent study found that prosecutors used peremptory challenges to exclude potential black jurors three times the rate as their white counterparts. Some argue that excluding black jurors at a disproportionate rate not only hurts defendants’ prospects and undermine public confidence, but also violates their civil rights.

The Bail Trap

Every year, thousands of innocent people are sent to jail only because they can’t afford to post bail, putting them at risk of losing their jobs, custody of their children — even their lives.