The Stepping Up County Self-Assessment is designed to assist counties interested in evaluating the status of their current efforts to reduce the prevalence of people who have mental illnesses in jails.
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The Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative released Practical Considerations Related to Release and Sentencing for Defendants Who Have Behavioral Health Needs: A Judicial Guide and an accompanying bench card, which were developed with the support of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and the CSG Justice Center.
This primer highlights how critical it is for psychiatrists to better identify and address the clinical and forensic needs of these patients and incorporate interventions that address their criminogenic risks and needs into patient treatment plans.
This snapshot provides details on the Ramsey County, Minnesota, Mental Health Court Learning Site—how it functions, whom it serves, and what makes it unique.
This snapshot provides details on the New York City’s Education & Assistance Corporation Mental Health Diversion Program—how it functions, whom it serves, and what makes it unique.
This snapshot provides details on the Dougherty County, Georgia, Mental Health Court Learning Site—how it functions, whom it serves, and what makes it unique.
This snapshot provides details on the Bonneville County, Idaho, Mental Health Court Learning Site—how it functions, whom it serves, and what makes it unique.
This report introduces essential elements for responding to people with mental illnesses at the pretrial stage, including decisions about pretrial release and diversion.
This publication from the CSG Justice Center outlines four core practices probation leaders and policymakers should follow when working to reduce recidivism and improve public safety in their communities.
The CSG Justice Center’s Improving Outcomes for People with Mental Illnesses Involved with New York City’s Criminal Court and Correction Systems presents the results of an unprecedented analysis of the mental health needs, criminogenic risk, and risk of failure to appear in court for individuals admitted to the New York City Department of Correction.
This analysis shows that in addition to thwarting rehabilitation and failing to improve public safety, criminal-court fees and fines also fail at efficiently raising revenue.
This report explores the persistence of jail expansion by examining a convenience sample of 77 counties in 31 states that considered or pursued jail expansion between 2000 and 2019 and identifies three major arguments county officials make to support construction.
This publication provides an overview of pre-arrest diversion strategies and delves into five categories of law or regulation that most directly affect these strategies and often serve as the basis of fully-fledged crisis responses in their own right.
This report from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law describes the essential community mental health services that must be expanded to divert people with significant psychiatric disabilities from the criminal justice system.
This report offers a comprehensive review of the money that the criminal justice system takes from people accused or convicted of crimes that can add up to thousands of dollars over the course of a prison term.
This report examines how state legislatures across the country are passing laws to “raise the floor” by raising the minimum age at which a child could be prosecuted as an adult.
This publication, sponsored by the Executive Session of the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College, argues that prosecutors must advocate for holding individuals accountable while also aiming to prepare those who come through the criminal justice system for reentry.
This manual provides a starting place for jurisdictions looking to use data to better understand and improve the outcomes of people with mental illnesses and/or substance addictions who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
This report presents early interim findings about the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ Office of Diversion and Reentry’s supportive housing program, which provides housing coupled with case management.
This publication examines existing data and expertise on mass violence, provides an analysis about its causes and impacts, and makes recommendations to inform policy and practice for a broad range of stakeholders.