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 …

Innovative social work and criminal justice research center finds a home at FSU

“We currently have millions of people incarcerated in jails and prisons in the United States,” said Carrie Pettus-Davis, founder and executive director of (Institute for Justice Research and Development, IJRD). “Right now, we are at a unique moment in history where, as a country, we have the moral will, the fiscal will and the political will to identify data-driven solutions …

Colorado Leaders Call for Action to Address Urgent Statewide Mental Health Needs

Individuals with mental health and substance use concerns need access to earlier support and care, rather than criminalization and punishment. April 2, 2019 – (DENVER, COLO.) – Colorado leaders in mental health and criminal justice jointly address the state’s mental health crisis and list urgent priorities for reforms, in a co-authored statement released today by sixteen partner organizations (listed below) …

Mario Drops New Visual/Song, Announces Partnership with Equitas

Published on PR Web. Chart-Topping, multi-platinum selling, singer, songwriter, and actor, Mario premiered his stunning new introspective video for the emotionally-charged single, “Care For You” today with BET Soul and BET Her for broadcast, and Entertainment Tonight digitally. “Care For You” is a different kind of song, one that highlights Mario’s relationship with love as a man in this day …

Jailing people with mental illness is a national problem. The solutions are local.

There are countless problems in this world that lack ready solutions. Jailing so many people with mental illness is not one of them. While it’s a national problem, addressing mental illness in America’s jails requires local people finding on-the-ground solutions. Progress requires teamwork among judges, police, sheriffs, mental health workers, probation officers and others who affect the lives of people …

Coordination and Communication are Key to Improving Mental Health and Criminal Justice in America

Mental health and criminal justice are a tangled mess in communities all across the country. Rather than supporting health from childhood through old age, our social systems show hardly any signs of understanding mental health at all. We don’t systematically recognize or have the capacity to respond to early indications for concern, and instead rely upon law enforcement to intervene …

A Criminal Past, an Unwritten Future

Their message to these young men was simple: “You may be locked up, but your mind can still be free.” Over time, what started as a book club transformed into a robust operation that supports D.C. men from the day they are arrested to the day they come home and beyond. “They helped me change my whole mindset of going …

Celebrities Highlight Mental Health Issues

As the stigma surrounding mental illness has declined in recent years, so has the reluctance many have had to discuss their own mental health issues, including celebrities. It’s become the new norm for stars to divulge vulnerabilities once kept closely guarded. “I think there is a benefit to it because it helps de-stigmatize it and to normalize it a little bit,” …

Police speak less respectfully to black drivers, study suggests

One year after a succession of high-profile police shootings, researchers are still trying to better understand the delicate relationship between police and the communities they patrol. Now, instead of focusing on police use of force, some researchers are turning their attention to use of language. Read the full article here.