Oregon Governor Signs Bill To Track Info About Jail Inmates

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require local and regional jails to provide the state with information about the people in their custody, as well as details about the health care inmates receive. “It is important as we seek to improve health care provided at local and regional correctional facilities that our efforts are based on good data …

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 …

Law Enforcement Leaders Agree: Communities Must Step Up to Address Mental Health Needs Preventatively

On November 13 and 14 in Los Angeles, the Equitas Project convened 90 leaders and decision-makers in law enforcement for the Course Corrections: National Law Enforcement Summit. Participants at the event included police chiefs, sheriffs, and district attorneys from across the country, as well as national advocacy organizations with a stake in law enforcement issues. Summit participants spent a 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 …

‘Silence can be deadly’: 46 officers were fatally shot last year. More than triple that — 140 — committed suicide.

Suicides left more officers and firefighters dead last year than all line-of-duty deaths combined — a jarring statistic that continues to plague first responders but garners little attention. According to a new study by the Ruderman Family Foundation, while suicide has been an ingrained issue for years, very little has been done to address it even though first responders have PTSD and depression at …