The Turning Point: Getting on the Road to Ending the Over-Incarceration of People with Mental Health and Substance Use Needs

This ACLU californiapublication from the American Civil Liberties Union of California provides more than 40 recommendations for state and local advocacy initiatives to help end the over-incarceration of people living with mental health and substance addiction needs. The recommendations are presented according to the Sequential Intercept Mapping Model, a tool used to identify opportunities to reduce incarceration for people living with mental health and substance addiction needs at each stage of the criminal justice system. The publication stresses prioritizing interventions on the front end, including before law enforcement contact, at the point of crisis, and during initial detention, arguing that these will have the greatest impact on both the number of people who become involved and how far they go into the system.