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Salt Lake County Launches Sweeping Study of Jail Population

The Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) announced plans for a comprehensive analysis of Salt Lake County’s jail population in an effort to identify ways to reduce re-offense rates among people released from jail and design strategies to improve outcomes for the large portion of the jail population struggling with mental and substance abuse disorders.

Conference Promotes Improved Responses to People With Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than 300 criminal justice and mental health experts gathered today to share strategies that improve outcomes for justice-involved people with mental illnesses. The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with the support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Office of Justice Programs, hosted this fifth national conference, which brings together researchers, practitioners, and public officials annually.

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Harris Co. Program Lowers Jail Costs, Population but Cuts out Punishment

The Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center allows people with mental illness who commit non-violent offenses to skip jail. They are offered space in the 28-bed diversion center, counseling, and case workers to prevent the person arrested from cycling in and out of jail.

Maltreated Children More Likely to Be Juvenile Offenders

A new study published in the journal BMC Public Health reports that children who were physically or sexually abused, neglected or otherwise treated badly, are at higher risk of showing delinquent behavior or offending the law, as they grow into their teens and later into young adults.

NYC Case a ‘Warning Shot’ in Struggle to End Housing Bias against Ex-Inmates

It took five years of effort in federal court, but my organization, The Fortune Society just won a precedent-setting settlement of a landmark civil rights case that shows how advocacy groups can bring lawsuits against private landlords who impose blanket bans on renting apartments to people with criminal records.