Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum

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Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently announced that Megan Quattlebaum, research scholar in law at Yale University Law School and lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School, will be the next director of The CSG Justice Center.

North Dakota Judge Supports Shift in Treatment for the State’s Criminal Justice Population

North Dakota Judge Supports Shift in Treatment for the State’s Criminal Justice Population

North Dakota Presiding District Court Judge Frank Racek is calling for state leaders to work together to transform the current system for delivering community-based services to people in the criminal justice system to one that follows risk, needs, and responsivity principles. Judge Racek argues that the system for delivering rehabilitative treatment must focus on people’s individual criminogenic needs; assess people promptly to help inform decisions and create action plans; respond to program participants’ setbacks appropriately; and, evaluate programs regularly to ensure that they’re effective.

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Webinars

Supporting People with Serious Mental Illnesses and Reducing Their Risk of Contact with the Criminal Justice System

Supporting People with Serious Mental Illnesses and Reducing Their Risk of Contact with the Criminal Justice System

This webinar provides an overview of the primer, Supporting People with Serious Mental Illnesses and Reducing Their Risk of Contact with the Criminal Justice System, a resource designed to help familiarize psychiatrists with the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) Model—which is used by criminal justice professionals to identify the factors that contribute to a person’s risk of recidivism and tailor interventions based on the identified factors—and provide information on ways psychiatrists can help address the particular needs of this population.

Publications

The Path to Success: A DWI Case Sentencing Guide

The Path to Success: A DWI Case Sentencing Guide

This guide, published by the National Judicial College, offers guidance for judges overseeing Driving While Intoxicated cases as well as a resource for those who have been recently sentenced.

Sustaining the Change: Lessons Learned from Judicial Leaders

Sustaining the Change: Lessons Learned from Judicial Leaders

This issue in the judicial think tank series shares the lessons learned from a conversation with judicial leaders about their experiences with, and strategies for, the successful implementation of court improvement efforts–specifically, it summarizes Model Court and Implementation Sites’ Lead Judges’ recommendations for tackling issues related to the sustainability of collaborative systems change efforts to improve the child abuse and neglect case process and, ultimately, improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children.

Model Programs Guide

Model Programs Guide

This online resource from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs.

Recent Headlines

Justice Success Story: How Illinois Cut Its Prison Population

There has been a policy shift towards probation as the preferred disposition in non-violent criminal cases. The move to provide defendants with several chances to succeed before sending them to prison has the support of all levels of the local justice system, including the judiciary