Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy Tool

The aim of this tool is to facilitate an informed discussion among law enforcement agencies and community partners regarding reentry strategies. This material does not constitute a step-by-step guide in creating and implementing a reentry program but rather provides an overview of topics that should be considered and addressed within that development process.

Recent Posts

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Program Checklists

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Program Checklists

These checklists can help law enforcement, behavior health, and local leaders determine whether their Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) programs align with promising practices for improving outcomes for law enforcement encounters with people with mental illnesses or who are in mental health crisis.

BJA Launches Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit at National Conference

BJA Launches Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit at National Conference

Highlighting the role of police departments in advancing these approaches, BJA announced the Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) Toolkit at the 2016 International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in San Diego, California. The PMHC Toolkit was developed in partnership with The Council of State Governments Justice Center and gathers best practices and resources to help law enforcement agencies partner with mental health providers to respond appropriately and safely to people with mental illnesses.

Understanding the FBI Crime Report

Understanding the FBI Crime Report

Recently, the FBI released its annual report on crime, which included distressing news: violent crime—while still at levels far below what it was 20 years ago—increased between 2014 and 2015. Whenever elected officials see anything indicating their constituents are less safe, they are understandably and appropriately anxious.

Announcements

Apply Now: Media for a Just Society Awards

Apply Now: Media for a Just Society Awards

The National Council on Crime & Delinquency is now accepting submissions for its 2017 Media for a Just Society Awards, which recognize media that furthers public understanding of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare.

Webinars

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Programs: A Different Way of Policing

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Programs: A Different Way of Policing

This webinar provides an overview of PMHC programs—collaborative partnerships among law enforcement agencies, mental health providers, and other community-based entities—and features two Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees whose programs effectively respond to people with mental illnesses.

Surviving the Trenches: The Impact of Trauma Exposure on Corrections Professionals

Surviving the Trenches: The Impact of Trauma Exposure on Corrections Professionals

This webinar examines secondary trauma and compassion fatigue as experienced by corrections professionals. It brings together the latest research on the physiological impact of trauma exposure with simple, realistic techniques that can mitigate the negative effects, improve personal well being, and enhance professional longevity.

Publications

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Program Checklists

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Program Checklists

These checklists can help law enforcement, behavior health, and local leaders determine whether their Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) programs align with promising practices for improving outcomes for law enforcement encounters with people with mental illnesses or who are in mental health crisis.

It Takes a Village: Diversion Resources for Police and Families

It Takes a Village: Diversion Resources for Police and Families

This brief explores juvenile assessment resource centers, crisis response centers, and crisis intervention teams across the country that address the needs of youth and connect families to resources and services without the need for juvenile justice involvement.

Recent Headlines

With a President Trump, an Emphasis on ‘Law and Order’

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Chettiar said, has been more clear in his pursuit of changes to criminal justice policies. In last month’s debate with Democratic nominee Tim Kaine, the Indiana governor affirmed his support for measures adopted in his home state, which seek to divert non-violent offenders from prison and provide treatment to addicted and mentally ill offenders.

In Alamance County, Police Have Nowhere Else to Take Mentally Ill

A coalition of local government entities and private organizations in Alamance County, North Carolina are trying to address underlying mental health conditions that go untreated with the development of Alamance Steps Up, a program based on the national Stepping Up initiative to reduce the number of mentally ill people in county jails.

Officials Step Up Supports for Parolees with Mental Health Issues

As a parole officer for the Kansas Department of Corrections, specializing in offenders with serious mental illnesses in Sedgwick County, Dawn Shepler would help her clients find housing, make appointments for health care and sign up for benefits such as food stamps.