With a pending prison population report that is expected to show the state system is well over capacity, recent talks between the Governor’s Office and a national nonprofit have some advocates wondering: Is 2015 the year for criminal justice reform in Oklahoma?
State lawmakers are reviewing intriguing legislation focused on revamping local parole and probation systems so that those who commit minor crimes can be rehabilitated before they are convicted of an offense that sends them to prison.
Overall, instead of more prisons having to be built all the time, 10 prisons have closed, and the inmate population has dropped by 3,400 offenders in three years.
Participants registered into the church’s database were helped with filling out job applications and resumes and given a warm meal with some heart-to-heart conversation.
It’s a concept known as prisoner re-entry, one that is gaining traction in California — partly out of necessity — as state authorities struggle to shrink prison populations and local officials grapple with swelling ranks inside local jails.
This month, mental health and correctional professionals from all over the nation gathered in Chicago to address a problem that many are not aware of. People denied mental health services who end up homeless or incarcerated as criminals. The conference, called “The Cost of Doing Nothing,” sponsored by the Kennedy Forum was held at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton.
purred by a lawsuit aimed at the high number of inmates with mental illness being kept in solitary confinement, the Department of Correction has since taken a systemwide look at all mentally ill inmates and how it can better help them through appropriate medical care to helping department employees spot signs of mental illness and how to respond.
Political leaders in the U.S. know how to reduce mass incarceration, but “the odds at the moment don’t look very good,” criminologist Michael Tonry of the University of Minnesota told the American Society of Criminology Thursday.
An audit has found officials could do a better job of following up with seriously mentally ill inmates leaving New York City jails.
Since 2008, court officials have begun to step in to prevent jail time for veterans suffering from mental health disorders. Judge Robert Russell of Buffalo, N.Y., has offered one solution—specialized veterans treatment court.