Law Enforcement

Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy Tool

The aim of this tool is to facilitate an informed discussion among law enforcement agencies and community partners regarding reentry strategies. This material does not constitute a step-by-step guide in creating and implementing a reentry program but rather provides an overview of topics that should be considered and addressed within that development process.

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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 […]

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Webinar Archive: Innovative Law Enforcement Strategies for Interacting with People that Frequently Require Emergency and Crisis Services

In this webinar, held July 26, 2012, representatives from the Houston Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department will discuss the programs they have developed to work more effectively with individuals with mental illnesses who frequently come in contact with law enforcement and emergency services personnel.

To watch an archived recording of this webinar, click here.

To download a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation used in this webinar, click here.

Publications

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Solutions: American Leaders Speak Out on Criminal Justice

This publication from the Brennan Center for Justice is a collection of essays on mass incarceration from prominent figures and experts from across the political spectrum. A bipartisan collaboration, the essays reflect a political shift from the punitive policies of the 1980s and 1990s.

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Diverting Youth at Probation Intake: The Front-End Diversion Initiative

This publication from the Mental Health Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice discusses the Front-End Diversion Initiative (FEDI) in Texas, an effort to divert youth with mental health needs away from the juvenile justice system.

Recent Headlines

One Town is Going to Try Not Arresting Heroin Users

Police Chief Lenny Campanello Gloucester, Massachusetts, may change how we handle drug addiction. Fed up with the opiate epidemic spreading through Gloucester, he posted a message on May 4 on department’s Facebook page, vowing the department will not charge drug users, but will connect them to treatment instead.

Senators See Bipartisan Momentum for Criminal Justice Overhaul

Senators’ plans for an overhaul of the criminal justice system are piling up in the Judiciary Committee — and the latest spate of officer-involved tragedies could give them a boost. While many bills touching all aspects of criminal justice sit idly by, recent movement in the committee shows change could be coming. One bill seeks to review the entire criminal justice system, while another approved last month addresses recidivism; and a subcommittee is set to review body cameras for police officers.

Helping Prisoners Cope with Mental Illness

Palm Beach County Commissioners are taking notice of the amount of mentally ill people showing up in jails. Just this week the commissioners agreed to get involved with a federal program called “Stepping Up.”