LA County Wants To Tear Down A Jail To Help Its Mentally Ill Inmates

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There’s general agreement that the aging Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A. needs to be torn down. The question is: what should replace the 1963 concrete fortress? On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors is set to provide an answer. It’s considering a few options: Replace the jail with a lockup tailored to provide better care to mentally ill inmates …

A new mental health jail vs. community mental health treatment

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Excerpt from the piece by psychiatrist Dr. Terry Kupers, Equitas National Advisor. The problems with mistreatment of inmates with mental illness at Los Angeles County Jail, and the decision by the Board of Supervisors that Men’s Central Jail must be demolished, present Los Angeles with an important choice between two different approaches. One is to build a large “mental health …

Help can’t wait for imprisoned mentally ill

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From Equitas National Advisor Cheryl Roberts with The Greenburger Center. From start to finish, the criminal justice system is no place to make treatment and housing decisions about the vast majority of people with serious mental illness. Not only are defense attorneys, DAs and corrections officials not meant to make treatment decisions; jails and prisons are not equipped, nor should …

Why I ended the horror of long-term solitary in Colorado’s prisons

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Why I Ended the Horror of Long-Term Solitary in Colorado’s Prisons By Rick Raemisch, Colorado Department of Corrections Director and Equitas National Advisor In Colorado, long-term solitary confinement used to be a tool that was regularly used in corrections. The problem is that it was not corrective at all. It was indiscriminate punishment that too often amounted to torture and did …

Dallas leverages data to address behavioral health needs of inmates

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In Dallas, the technology and clinical services company HarrisLogic is attempting to solve this problem using data-driven tools to determine the appropriate behavioral health services for prisoners. By pooling information from jails, police departments, emergency services, mental health and social services, courts, and hospitals, the company has saved Dallas County $30 million over the course of four years. The majority …

Davis resident graduates Mental Health Court

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Yolo County, California District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on Monday, June 11, 28-year-old Davis resident Jessie Tessler graduated from Mental Health Court in Department Six of the Yolo County Superior Court. Mental Health Court is a minimum 18-month court-based treatment and monitoring system for adult offenders with serious mental illness. Mental Health Court is designed to increase the treatment …

Study after study shows ex-prisoners would be better off without intense supervision

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In a recent review of the literature on prisoner reentry, Brookings Institution Nonresident Fellow Jennifer Doleac summarized the best evidence on how to improve the lives of the formerly incarcerated. One of the most striking findings was that reducing the intensity of community supervision for those on probation or parole is a highly cost-effective strategy. Several studies of excellent quality and using a …