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.

Lessons From Rikers Island

Jails like Rikers—and the broken systems of which they are part—perpetuate inequality and injustice. The jail is a microcosm of everything wrong with America’s criminal-justice system—but may also offer a model for how it can be righted. Read the full article here.

Uncharted State of Mind episode 1: Where we are as a nation

Episode 1 of “CBS Evening News Uncharted: State of Mind” examines the state of mental health care in the United States. Rocky Schwartz, a mother of two sons suffering from mental illness, discusses the impact it has had on their family and her numerous fights with insurance companies.

Equitas Hosts Two Regional Summits on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice

“You wouldn’t take a car to a dentist to get fixed. Why would you use a jail for mental health treatment?” asked Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid during Equitas’ Mid-Atlantic Summit April 4, 2017 – (DENVER, COLO.) – March was a busy month for Equitas, as the organization hosted summits in both Indianapolis, Ind., and Washington, D.C., that brought together …

Father Of 2 Sons With Schizophrenia Talks Of His Struggle To Save Them

Ron Powers’ new book, No One Cares About Crazy People, is both a memoir about his sons and a history of how the mentally ill have been treated medically, legally and socially. “To force that person into being helped is a violation of his or her civil rights … and the law may penalize the care workers who give [people with …

Colorado corrections staff wrap youths in straitjackets, subdue with knee strikes, report says

The “culture of violence” at the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections is not only unsafe for teens and staff, but is further torment to youths who suffered abuse and neglect before they were sent behind bars, says the February 2017 report from the Colorado Child Safety Coalition that calls for immediate reforms. The coalition, which included ACLU Colorado, Disability Law Colorado, the Office of …