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Reentry Essentials: Addressing Mental Health Needs among People in the Criminal Justice System

Reentry Essentials: Addressing Mental Health Needs among People in the Criminal Justice System

A disproportionate number of people in the nation’s criminal justice system face mental health issues: a Bureau of Justice Statistics report found, for example, that people in U.S. prisons and jails are three to five times more likely to experience serious psychological distress than the general adult population. While there is an overwhelming need to provide effective treatment, challenges exist in quantifying the extent of that need and taking a strategic approach across systems—from law enforcement to community-based reentry services.

Announcements

Apply Now: Project Safe Neighborhoods

Apply Now: Project Safe Neighborhoods

This program provides support to state, local, and tribal efforts to reduce violent crime through a comprehensive approach that combines targeted law enforcement efforts with community engagement, prevention, and reentry efforts.

Webinars

Considerations for Journalists Writing about People Who Have Criminal Histories

Considerations for Journalists Writing about People Who Have Criminal Histories

The presenters explain how the Clean Slate Clearinghouse works and offer tips to journalists on how to use the site’s searchable database of state criminal record clearance policies to inform their reporting; they also discuss how to effectively report on people who have criminal records and the policies that deal with clearance.

Publications

Modern Justice: Using Data to Reinvent America’s Crisis Response Systems

Modern Justice: Using Data to Reinvent America’s Crisis Response Systems

This publication from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation examines how public safety personnel, health professionals, and service providers can contribute to solving the problem of Frequent Utilizers—those who cycle in and out of jails, hospitals, shelters, and other social service programs at a startlingly high rate.

Strategies to Engage Employers in Conversations about Hiring Applicants with Criminal Records

Strategies to Engage Employers in Conversations about Hiring Applicants with Criminal Records

This tip sheet from the National Reentry Resource Center offers suggestions on how organizations and agencies that provide support to people who have criminal records—including parole and probation agencies, reentry service providers, and educational and occupational training programs—can engage employers in conversations about hiring people who have criminal records, which will help improve the employment outcomes of the people they serve.

Recent headlines

How Successful Reentry into Society Helps Break the Cycle of Recidivism

“If we keep having high recidivism rates, why do we call it a ‘correctional’ system?” said Robert Hood, who has held four wardenships over the course of his 42-year career in corrections. “If you’re only focused on custody and not re-entry, you shouldn’t be working in this field.”

Opinion: Juvenile Justice Systems Need to Transform to Have Lasting Impact on Youth Outcomes

The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University partnered last fall to interview nearly 50 researchers, national experts and system leaders from across the juvenile justice continuum to solicit their ideas about how juvenile justice systems could significantly improve outcomes for youth.

Opinion: If Addiction Is a Disease, Why Is Relapsing a Crime?

Anti-medication-assisted therapy policies have a number of unconscionable effects. They mean that incarceration necessarily disrupts a promising treatment before it has time to work. They also force addicts who are in treatment but faced with incarceration to rapidly and dangerously taper off serious medications.

Opinion: ‘Stepping Up’ for Pacific County

One of the first grants that our Stepping Up team secured financed an intake survey that identifies people for whom jail time is not the best solution. Once an individual is identified with a mental health or other problem, one of our county’s network of service providers can be brought in to help.

Editorial: Fort Smith Area Takes Mental Health Seriously

Sebastian County, Arkansas is in the process of securing grants funds for a mental health court, which will function hand-in-hand with the newly opened Crisis Stabilization Unit in Fort Smith. Last year, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill to set up procedures and rules for judicial districts to create mental health specialty courts.