In September 2016, Baltimore County, Maryland’s county executive asked the CSG Justice Center to conduct an independent assessment of its law enforcement and behavioral health collaboration, the Baltimore County Crisis Response System, which helps the county respond to people who have behavioral health needs. This report describes the assessment’s methodology, highlights key findings, and discusses those recommendations and strategies.
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The CSG Justice Center, in partnership with the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), recently released the results of a national survey on state law enforcement training standards for responding to people with mental illnesses.
These checklists can help law enforcement, behavior health, and local leaders determine whether their Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) programs align with promising practices for improving outcomes for law enforcement encounters with people with mental illnesses or who are in mental health crisis.
This brief from the CSG Justice Center highlights states that authorize sworn police officers in schools, whether municipal or county school resource officers, or school police officers from school districts’ own police agencies.
The Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCC) and the Council of State Governments Justice Center surveyed MCC members in August 2013 to better understand school-based officers’ responsibilities, practices, concerns, and barriers to successful program implementation, as part of the School Discipline Consensus Project.
Over the past 20 years, state spending on corrections has skyrocketed—from $12 billion in 1988 to more than $52 billion in 2011.1 Declining state revenues and other fiscal factors are putting a serious strain on many states’ criminal justice systems, often […]
The CSG Justice Center’s Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy describes how four law enforcement agencies used the principles outlined in Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy to engage in local-level reentry partnerships in order to reduce crime and increase public safety in their jurisdictions.
This report is an unprecedented study that answers one question that to date has been a matter of speculation among law enforcement and corrections officials everywhere: to what extent do people on probation and parole contribute to crime, as measured by arrests?
Statewide Law Enforcement/Mental Health Efforts: Strategies to Support and Sustain Local Initiatives is the product of a project supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. It examines how states have developed structures and standards to make police encounters with people […]
This report from the Council of State Governments Justice Center’s Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project is intended to help criminal justice officials work with health professionals to better use both systems’ information to reduce criminal justice involvement among people with mental illnesses and to provide better links to treatment.
The publication explores the program design process, including detailed examples from several communities from across the country. It is meant to assist initiative leaders and agents of change who want to select or adapt program features from models that will be most effective in their communities. This project was coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.
Examines studies on law enforcement interactions with people with mental illnesses and translates the findings to help policymakers and practitioners develop safe and effective interventions. Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, it reviews research on the scope and nature of the problem and on a range of law enforcement responses.
This report identifies innovative practices that have proven successful in reducing the arrest and incarceration of individuals living with mental illness in jurisdictions across the country.
This report from the April 2018 Officer Safety and Wellness meeting discusses how a broad range of law enforcement community members came to the table to discuss ways to eliminate persisting factors leading to line-of-duty-deaths; ways to improve access to mental health services and prevent tragedies such as suicide; and the implementation of emerging, innovative ideas for supporting the holistic health and wellness of officers and agencies across the country.
This resource is an online, comprehensive collection of information and resources focused on identifying and reducing the risk of reoffending or noncompliance with a community’s justice system requirements.
Findings described in the report are based on data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ 2015 Police-Public Contact Survey, a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey.
This report shows revised official estimates of violent criminal victimization that replace previously released 2016 estimates that did not permit year-to-year comparisons.
This series of web-based mental health training videos provides officers with tools needed to readily identify the signs of mental illness in the field and to safely and effectively de-escalate these encounters.
The guide “offers a unique ‘for the field, by the field’ perspective” focusing on research-based best practices. It includes sections on law enforcement leadership, violent crime identification and analysis, and critical elements of strategies to fight violent crime, such as community engagement, technology, and training.
This publication examines how law enforcement agencies around the country are recognizing the importance of monitoring and tending to employees’ physical and mental health and wellness by discussing the establishment and operation of a dedicated unit at the San Diego Police Department.
This online resource provides information to help law enforcement understand their role in informing crime victims about available compensation programs.
This publication analyzes available data from police departments in the 30 largest U.S. cities to provide an early snapshot of crime in 2018.