I arrived at the CSG Justice Center aware that the field of criminal justice has changed dramatically since our inception in 2007, presenting our organization and others with new challenges and exciting opportunities. As we entered our second decade, I felt that we first needed to be sure we understand who we are, what we stand for, and how we fit into this growing field.
Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum
At a recent North Dakota Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee meeting, CSG Justice Center staff highlighted recent decreases in prison admissions that resulted from alcohol and drug offenses and probation revocations. These declines seem to be the cause of a 6.5-percent drop in the state’s total prison population in FY2018, which exceeded expectations, and have reinforced the state’s efforts to increase behavioral health services for people in the criminal justice system.
CSG Justice Center staff spoke with four Second Chance Act Innovations in Reentry Initiative grantees about their experiences fostering effective partnerships between criminal justice practitioners and the researchers evaluating their programs. These programs span the country and the justice system, serving clients within courts, prisons, jails, and in the community.
“Part of the success of this has been an openness to identifying how we can do things differently in our community when it comes to mental health care and the criminal justice system,” said Paula Verrett, a NAMI recovery specialist who has worked directly with the OCMHC since its inception.
Recently, the U.S. Congress approved the $1.3 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill that would set government funding through Sep. 30, 2018. The bill provides $30.3 billion for the Department of Justice and includes $2.9 billion for various state and local law enforcement assistance grant programs.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center’s learning collaboratives will bring together local teams for an intensive learning, strategic planning, and implementation development process that will address local issues and needs within a behavioral health-related topic area.
The conference will offer presentations pertaining to forensic mental health that are relevant to those who are working with people who have mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system.
This training event will focus on understanding the history of disproportionality and disparity and its impact today, as well as relevant alternatives, cultural competencies, youth development, the effect of trauma on youth, and the role of the justice system and the community in improving youth-justice interactions.
The presenters of this webinar discuss overcoming the challenges to effective community engagement and explore ways to increase the number of juvenile record clearances.
This webinar explores ways that juvenile defenders and civil legal aid attorneys can partner to share expertise and provide essential legal representation for youth facing the collateral consequences of having criminal records.
This webinar provides an overview of the primer, Supporting People with Serious Mental Illnesses and Reducing Their Risk of Contact with the Criminal Justice System, a resource designed to help familiarize psychiatrists with the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) Model—which is used by criminal justice professionals to identify the factors that contribute to a person’s risk of recidivism and tailor interventions based on the identified factors—and provide information on ways psychiatrists can help address the particular needs of this population.
This publication shows areas where prosecutors are particularly well-equipped to take the lead in helping to change the criminal justice system, from charging through sentencing.
This data snapshot examines characteristics of delinquency cases handled in juvenile court in 2016.
This national survey provides information about how the public thinks pretrial justice should work and finds substantial support for policies and decisions that limit the use of pretrial detention.
With city and county governments typically spending more than half of their annual budgets on public safety and criminal justice operations and programs, PFM recently announced the launch of the Center for Justice & Safety Finance.
Like most cities around the country Norfolk does not have money pouring in for mental health services. Last year, the legislature rejected a request by the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, which takes many of Norfolk’s sickest inmates, for an additional $5 million in funding. But not all fixes take a lot of money.
While overall crime in California increased slightly after 2011, San Joaquin County’s dropped 20 percent and hit a decades-old low last year. The county’s jail, which had been under court-ordered monitoring because of dangerous overcrowding, now has empty beds. Participation in specialized drug courts has increased and recidivism among newly released offenders has dropped.
“Participatory defense has provided a platform, actually, a stage and a mic for communities to amplify and advocate [for] solutions that they have been talking about for decades—probably centuries,” said Isis Misdary, an attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia.