Reentry Issue Areas

Since the release of its landmark Consensus Project Report in 2002, the Justice Center has worked in jurisdictions across the country to support the implementation of practical, data-driven strategies that improve outcomes for people with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system.

The Justice Center organizes its work by "issue areas" that correspond to the primary points of contact in the criminal justice system that an individual with mental illness may encounter. It is at these points of contact that the criminal justice and mental health systems can collaborate to more efficiently and effectively respond to this population. These major issue areas are law enforcement, courts, and corrections.

More recently, the Justice Center has developed projects in other areas that span the primary points of contact listed above. These include advocacy, victims of crime committed by people with mental illnesses, women with mental illnesses who have been victimized, federal benefits, and juveniles.

To learn more about these issue areas and related Justice Center activities, materials, and resources, please click on the links below.