How many people in the Dauphin County Prison have a mental illness? The county doesn’t know. A new initiative the county became a part of recently aims to find the answer to that question and a few others.
With help from the nonprofit Council of State Governments Justice Center, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania will participate in Stepping Up, a national initiative aimed at lowering the number of people with mental illnesses in jails.
These interviews will help determine which inmates should be housed together and what services they might need. Connecting inmates to those services inside the jail will help them better transition to life outside it, Stobart said.
A new report recognizes Salt Lake County for its efforts in criminal justice reform, but researchers found weaknesses in how it handles offenders with behavioral health disorders.
A study analyzing Salt Lake County’s criminal justice system revealed that a number of people discharged from jail for pretrial supervision or probation aren’t meeting the terms of their release, while those with mental illness are the most likely to end up back behind bars.
“We’ve known for some time that we needed better data on where the gaps are in how we identify, assess, track and treat those folks [i.e., the mentally ill] who wind up in jail as the facility of last resort,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. “This study confirms that we’re on the right path but that there’s more to do.”
A new report is putting the Salt Lake County criminal justice system in the spotlight. The report provides leaders with a snapshot of what’s working and not working within their criminal justice system.
Mentally-ill inmates at the Franklin County jail stay longer, return more frequently and often aren’t connected with the treatment they need after they leave, according to a new report.
Salt Lake County has enlisted experts to undertake a yearlong study of the county’s criminal justice system.
The Franklin County Criminal Justice Planning Board held its first quarterly meeting of the year today and launched an exciting initiative: the County Justice and Behavioral Health Systems Improvement Project.
New York Times Editorial Mayor Michael Bloomberg has started an important new corrections initiative focused on mentally ill offenders, who make up about a third of the city’s jail population and are more likely than other prisoners to resume criminal […]