In January 2013, Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Representatives Richard Nugent (R-FL) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced S. 162/H.R. 401, the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013 (JMHCA). The legislation was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last June and has 64 cosponsors in Congress.
News and Announcements
The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) released a new policy brief in partnership with the Legal Action Center today, entitled Medicaid and Financing Health Care for Individuals Involved with the Criminal Justice System.
In this congressional briefing hosted by Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) and moderated by Council of State Governments Justice Center Director Michael Thompson, state and federal leaders will discuss successful, bipartisan approaches taken in Connecticut, Ohio, and Texas to address youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Not only have these states saved millions of dollars in spending and made changes to ineffective policies, but they have improved outcomes for children while keeping communities safe.
The Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) announced plans for a comprehensive analysis of Salt Lake County’s jail population in an effort to identify ways to reduce re-offense rates among people released from jail and design strategies to improve outcomes for the large portion of the jail population struggling with mental and substance abuse disorders.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, along with the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), today released two publications explaining what state and local governments can do to improve outcomes for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Two governors today pointed to successes in their states and data from a new report to demonstrate that bipartisan, research-driven approaches to corrections and public safety issues are generating results across the country.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center today released a comprehensive report providing school leaders, as well as state and local government officials, more than 60 recommendations for overhauling their approach to school discipline.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 13, 2014 – More than 800 criminal justice experts and professionals gather this week for a pair of overlapping conferences designed to promote collaboration in the areas of mental health and recidivism reduction.
District Attorney Susan Reed of Bexar County, Texas has been appointed to the Council of State Governments Justice Center’s (CSG Justice Center) Board of Directors.
Washington, D.C.—In an extraordinary display of bipartisan cooperation, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Congressmen Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Howard Coble (R-NC), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) came together today to mark the five-year anniversary of the Second Chance Act and to announce that they, along with other Senate and House leaders, will be introducing legislation reauthorizing the landmark act today. To read the press release for this event, click here.
Washington, D.C.— White House staff joined leaders from the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Justice at a forum today entitled Bridging Reentry and Workforce Development: A Shared Approach to Strengthening Communities. The event was cohosted by the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) of the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and its partners at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Justice Center in the News
The city of Madison Police Department hopes a new data management system will help improve the way officers deal with people who are in the middle of a mental health crisis.
South Carolina has made big strides in reducing recidivism among prison inmates, and some of the credit is due the state’s use of training funds under the Second Chance Act.
The first Utah CIT academy was conducted in 2001. Academies are administered throughout the State of Utah on a regional basis. Within each region, law enforcement services are partnered with mental health services to deliver the program. The program works to build relationships between law enforcement and local mental health providers so that together they can bring services to individuals with mental illness.
Prison admissions have declined by 21 percent in three years, to 23,000 in the year that ended June 30, 2014, down from 29,000 in 2011, according to state data.
A discussion with Sen. Cam Ward and Andrew Barbee from the Council of State Governments Justice Center about justice reform in Alabama.
As if school funding and mental health care didn’t generate enough concerns for next year’s Legislature, now there are dire reports about Washington’s prison system.
Washington’s prison system is jampacked. Inmates are already sleeping on the floor at some prisons, and projections suggest a “tough-on-crime” approach would only make it worse.
Crime is down, way down, yet Washington prisons are busting at the seams, and prisoners are sleeping on floors.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center recently released a report called “Measuring and Using Recidivism Data to Inform Policy, Practice, and Resource Allocation,” which explores the use of recidivism data and other metrics to evaluate success in juvenile justice.
The prison system is over capacity and, according to new research, low-level offenders are receiving harsher and less predictable sentences compared to inmates in other states.