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Mental Health Is ‘No. 1′ Issue Facing Texas, U.S. Jails

Hundreds of law enforcement professionals from across the U.S. raised their hands to answer a simple question on Monday: “How many in this group (have) a story – either personal or (professional) – about confronting somebody with a mental health problem?” National Sheriff’s Association Director Jonathan Thompson asked.

County Wins $250K for Mental Health, Jail

Winona County, Minnesota recently won $450,000 in federal and state grants to fix problems with how the criminal justice system handles mental illness and to help ex-offenders move successfully from jail to jobs.

Thompson Hopes to Continue Mental Health Initiative with Second Term

As a public defender, Janet Thompson was dismissed for her ideas on improving mental health services to prevent those suffering from mental illness from landing in the criminal justice system. Thompson, now Boone County Northern District, Missouri commissioner, has spearheaded the Stepping Up Initiative in her district.

Sebastian County JPs Learn about Jail Problems during Tour

“I’ve been talking for years now about prison overcrowding and jail overcrowding and the efforts that we’ve made to reduce the population the best we can,” said Sebastian County, Arkansas Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck.