A new study focusing on women in the McLean County jail shows most female inmates arrive with mental health issues and a history of abuse that derails their lives and disrupts their connection to their children.
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Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Crews announced today a number of measures aimed at ensuring the appropriate care and custody for Florida inmates with mental health conditions and protecting public safety.
About half of states admit to holding mentally ill patients in emergency rooms until beds become available in mental health facilities — a practice Washington state ruled unconstitutional.
TOPEKA — The community mental health center here on Thursday will formally open a 26-bed crisis intervention center that’s expected to lead to fewer mentally ill adults being referred to Osawatomie State Hospital or ending up in jail.
Criminal justice systems from Seattle to Miami with aggressive jail-diversion efforts have cut inmate headcounts — and lowered recidivism rates. L.A. County has taken tentative steps to join them. The board of supervisors in July endorsed the concept of broadbased diversion, and last week pledged $756,000 for a pilot program.
About half of Bangor’s law enforcement staff has been through the Crisis Intervention Training, CIT, to understand how to deal with calls involving mental illnesses. The 40-hour workshop is designed to improve the way officers engage in conversation with a person who is highly emotional.
Alaska House and Senate Judiciary Committee members met Monday in Anchorage to discuss “criminal justice reinvestment,” or whether progress is being made toward the lofty goals set in a crime omnibus bill passed during the legislative session.
Los Angeles officials announced Wednesday the launch of an alternative sentencing program aimed at diverting mentally ill, low-level offenders from jail into treatment, a project they hope will signal a dramatic shift for the county’s criminal justice system.
Michigan is taking steps to reduce the number of people with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities and substance use struggles from entering the corrections system while still maintaining public safety, according to a report issued by the state’s Mental Health Diversion Council.
Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But under Evans’ leadership, Bexar County has built a mental health system considered a model for other cities across the country — one that has saved $50 million over the past five years.