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Franklin County, Salt Lake County Each Allocate Millions to Improve Local Jail Systems

Franklin County, Salt Lake County Each Allocate Millions to Improve Local Jail Systems

Two counties—one in Ohio, the other in Utah—are backing their words with action following separate reports from The Council of State Governments Justice Center that highlighted major disparities in the length of time people with serious mental illnesses stay in each county’s local jail and the rate at which they’re rearrested following their release compared to people with out these illnesses.

Announcements

Apply Now: Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST)

Apply Now: Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST)

The purpose of this program is to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services.

Safety and Justice Challenge Grantees Announced

Safety and Justice Challenge Grantees Announced

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently announced nearly $25 million in support for plans to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country. The MacArthur Foundation is awarding 11 jurisdictions grants between $1.5 million and $3.5 million over two years to reduce their jail populations and address racial and ethnic disparities in their justice systems

Webinars

Sharing Information between Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Systems

Sharing Information between Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Systems

This webinar was presented to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and Second Chance Act Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders grantees discussed strategies for developing information sharing collaborations between criminal justice and behavioral health systems.

Beyond Adverse Childhood Experiences

Beyond Adverse Childhood Experiences

The archived webinar covers the use of well-being questions in domains of connection, coping, and stress and focuses on a two-generation strategy addressing the needs of parents and their children.

Publications

Indiana’s Justice Reinvestment Journey

In this article from the Spring 2016 edition of Executive Exchange, Linda Brady recounts the justice reinvestment process in Indiana, which has involved overhauling the state’s criminal code over the course of several years, appropriating $55 million in funding for grant programs for technology-based programs and substance use and mental health treatment and services, and establishing a Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council to oversee progress.

Recent headlines

National Prevention Month Campaign Wraps up with Tour of Reentry Program

In a collaborative effort, the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board in Local Development Area 12 has partnered with the Dyer County Sheriff’s Office to establish a specialized Tennessee Career Center on the campus of the Dyer County Correction Works Center. Opened in 2015, the center is designed to house up to 35 male inmates, while also providing counseling on relapse prevention, drug and alcohol education, and socialization.

County Leaders Step Up to Reduce Incarceration of Mentally Ill People

“Data” was the word of the day at the Stepping Up Summit, held April 17 to 19 in Washington, D.C. Teams from 50 U.S. counties gathered at the summit, the latest event held by the Stepping Up Initiative, which seeks to reduce the numbers of people with mental illness in America’s county jails. The initiative is sponsored by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of Counties, and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.

Washington Examiner: Screening for Mental Health Problems Among Criminals

The criminal justice system is overburdened with people who should receive mental health treatment instead of being incarcerated, according to an Air Force chaplain serving in Congress, and the federal government should be helping law enforcement make fundamental changes to resolve the problem. “From my background as a pastor and as an attorney, I have seen the issues with mental health that are crowding our criminal justice system right now,” said Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., the House author of the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act.

NY Gov. Cuomo: Give Medicaid to Inmates Prior to Release

The Democratic governor says too many inmates leave prison with serious mental health and addiction challenges and that helping them get the care they need improves their chances of successfully re-entering society.

HHS Acts to Help More Ex-Inmates Get Medicaid

Administration officials moved Thursday to improve low Medicaid enrollment for emerging prisoners, urging states to start signups before release and expanding eligibility to thousands of former inmates in halfway houses near the end of their sentences.

An Inside Look at the Obama Administration’s Criminal Justice Reforms

Top senators revealed a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill recently that includes changes to sentencing guidelines for some offenders and the creation of reentry programs for newly released prisoners. The move comes as the Obama administration is pushing its own series of initiatives. Judy Woodruff talks to Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates for more on that effort.