Equitas ED quoted in Special Report: Colorado’s jails and prisons house many of the state’s mentally ill

Written by Rachel Riley at the Colorado Springs Gazette. “They miss medication doses, sinking further into psychosis as their symptoms take hold. They try to kill themselves and sometimes succeed. They lash out at staff and fellow inmates in the midst of mental breakdowns, at constant risk of lengthening their sentences. A past detention bureau chief in Colorado Springs estimated …

Evaluation of North Carolina’s Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Program (From the RAND Corporation)

Before 2013, incarcerated individuals in North Carolina could enroll in college correspondence courses, but there was no coordinated effort to provide a path toward a postsecondary degree or credential. Furthermore, there was no coordination around reentry. The Vera Institute of Justice’s Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project (Pathways) was a multistate demonstration project in three states — Michigan, New …

Trump hailed Mississippi prison reforms. But the numbers reflect a grim reality.

When Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, signed House Bill 585 into law in 2014, the measure drew widespread praise from conservatives and liberals alike because it promised to reduce the prison population, save millions and reinvest some of the money into programs for offenders. Instead, all of those savings have gone back into the state’s coffers, helping to pay for huge …

Does our county really need a bigger jail?

A guide for avoiding unnecessary jail expansion By Alexi Jones May 2019 Press release As jail populations have skyrocketed over the past three decades, jails around the country have become dangerously overcrowded. The reflexive response is often to start the long, expensive process of building a larger jail. However, this report provides a roadmap to easier, quicker, cheaper, and more just …

Report: U.S. Incarceration Falls to 20-Year Low

The share of the adult population in prison has fallen to its lowest point since 1997, a new report released in April 2019 by the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows. To be sure, the United States does lead the world in per capita incarceration (although such counts tend to ignore political or religious prisoners, like the more than 100,000 Uyghurs likely being held in prison …

Giving ex-convicts healthcare helps all of us

The Transitions Clinic Network, founded by Yale Associate Professor Emily Wang manages the specific needs of patients with chronic illnesses on their release from prison, help improve their health outcomes, and facilitate their reintegration to the community. The program links people released from prison who have chronic illnesses with community health workers who also have a history of incarceration. They …

Los Angeles chooses mental health treatment over jail

by Dr. Terry A. Kupers Written for SF Chronicle. “Mental health jails” have been proposed in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties, and elsewhere. The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted to fund the sheriff’s new mental health jail, and Alameda County is in the process of building a new mental health jail at Santa Rita Jail. But in Los Angeles, an …

Equitas Executive Director Interviewed on Wrongful Conviction // Season 8 Episode 4 // Disentangling Mental Health & Criminal Justice

In this compelling interview, Vincent Atchity and Kelly Grimes join Jason Flom for a candid discussion about the criminal justice system and how it fails to support Americans with mental health challenges.  Vincent Atchity has served as Executive Director of The Equitas Project since 2015. Vincent is an advocate for public health and health equity, a population health management strategist, …