Opioid Addiction and the Criminal Justice System
Each year, the increasing number of people who have opioid addictions impacts communities across the United States. In 2016, substance overdoses (fueled by opioid addictions) surpassed death by car accidents and guns as the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old, and in 2017, 134 people died each day from opioid overdose. Opioid use has a significant correlation to criminal justice involvement, and the consequences of opioid addictions can impact everyone from the people seeking recovery to law enforcement first responders, correctional facility staff, and reentry professionals. Despite efforts to promote recovery and reentry, when people who have opioid addictions are released from prison or jail, they often face a significantly higher risk of overdose and overdose-related death than people who were never incarcerated. In North Carolina alone, the risk of overdose death from opioids was 40 times higher for people released from incarceration in state facilities than it was for the general population in the state.
The resources below are designed to assist correctional agencies, community-based treatment providers, probation and parole agencies, and other service providers in better responding to people who have opioid addictions who are in the criminal justice system.
This webinar includes information on planning and coordination, behavioral health treatment, cognitive…Read More
This webinar is designed for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and…Read More
From her time in prison to her years helping others reenter society in Pennsylvania, Marsha Banks has experienced…Read More
Many reentry operations reported concerns about keeping their doors open, reporting cash-flow challenges and some layoffs. The situation is leaving a growing number of people in the midst of reentry without the critical services they need to succeed.Read More
Apply for two Bureau of Justice Assistance grants: one to address opioid and substance use issues, the other to improve school safety.Read More
From her time in prison to her years helping others reenter society in Pennsylvania, Marsha Banks has experienced the criminal justice system in a lot of different ways.Read More
Bipartisan support for three key criminal justice programs shows Congressional commitment to increasing public safety and reducing recidivism.Read More
Conservative estimates show that rates of COVID-19 cases among people incarcerated in state prisons and prison staff are more than three-and-a-half times higher than that of the general public, according to a new analysis by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center.Read More
A new checklist helps jails and prisons prepare people for reentry, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More