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 …

Criminal Justice: An Election Agenda for Candidates, Activists, and Legislators

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Executive Summary From The Brennan Center for Justice This report sets forth an affirmative agenda to end mass incarceration in America. The task requires efforts from both federal and state lawmakers. Today, criminal justice reform stands on a knife’s edge. After decades of rising incarceration and ever more obvious consequences, a powerful bipartisan movement has emerged. It recognizes that harsh …

The Catalyst: Thelton Henderson transformed California’s criminal justice system. Now comes the backlash.

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Thelton Henderson, 84, became a lawyer during the civil rights era, and that moral framework and activist energy guided his work. When he joined the federal bench, he presided over a series of prison cases that ultimately forced radical changes in the system. Creating change wasn’t always easy, and in the beginning Henderson fought an uphill battle. “I think the …

Why Public Defenders Matter More Than Ever in a Time of Reform

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Most — perhaps almost all — who are arrested, charged, convicted, and sentenced are guilty of a crime. Our criminal laws are sprawling, open-ended codes that punish people for wide swaths of behavior. More often than not, defense work is about triage, about minimizing the harms that come from an almost-guaranteed — and legally sound — conviction. The core problem with Gideon-focused reform is that mass incarceration is driven …

Reddit Is Helping Some People Deal With Their Mental Health Struggles

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A new study published this month in the Journal of Medical Internet Research suggests that some subreddits are helping people dealing with depression and other mental health issues come out of their shells. “Despite the possible language impairment faced by members of mental health communities, their real-life communication challenges are unknown,” the authors wrote. “To our knowledge, this is the first study to show …

The Burden of Mental Illness Behind Bars

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Today, about 14.5 percent of men and 31 percent of women in jails have a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, major depression, or bipolar disorder, compared to 3.2 and 4.9 percent, respectively, in the general population. While estimates vary, the prevalence of serious mental illnesses is at least two to four times higher among state prisoners than in community …

How mass incarceration harms U.S. health, in 5 charts

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The evidence is clear: Mass incarceration is a public health scourge in the U.S.   Most people who die in jails are not convicted. Suicide rates for incarcerated individuals are three to four times higher than rates for the general public. In 1980, fewer than one percent of American children under 18 had a parent in prison or jail. By …

How mass incarceration harms U.S. health, in 5 charts

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The evidence is clear: Mass incarceration is a public health scourge in the U.S.   Most people who die in jails are not convicted. Suicide rates for incarcerated individuals are three to four times higher than rates for the general public. In 1980, fewer than one percent of American children under 18 had a parent in prison or jail. By …

In Defense of Risk-Assessment Tools

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It may seem weird to rely on an impersonal algorithm to predict a person’s behavior given the enormous stakes. But the gravity of the outcome—in cost, crime, and wasted human potential—is exactly why we should use an algorithm. Read the full article here.

In Defense of Risk-Assessment Tools

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It may seem weird to rely on an impersonal algorithm to predict a person’s behavior given the enormous stakes. But the gravity of the outcome—in cost, crime, and wasted human potential—is exactly why we should use an algorithm. Read the full article here.