A new study has found that criminal defendants who graduated from mental health court demonstrated substantially reduced re-arrest rates a full three years following their release, the longest period of post-program behavior examined in a published study involving mental health courts and the clearest indicator yet of the potential for diversionary programs to ease the Read more
“The more people we can help not come back to jail, then that helps our community because now they’re productive citizens in our community, so they’re out there with jobs, they’re supporting their families, hopefully they’re not on welfare anymore and receiving state funded money, and then that’s gonna help our state, I mean…it just Read more
All 11 are members of the facility’s mental health peer support network, who serve at the front line of the prison system’s mental illness problem. “These individuals self-disclose as having a mental illness and are in recovery,” said Lynn Patrone, a mental health advocate for the state Department of Corrections. “So they have opened themselves Read more
I’ve known men to be confined in solitary less than one year and commit suicide. It’s not only the harassment, the terrible living conditions, cold food or the toxic water (see Comrade Malik’s “Texas Prisoners at Eastham Unit Challenge Contaminated Water and Deadly Heat in US Federal Courts”); it’s the other torture tactics implemented here.
It is time to end the imprisonment of mothers and children who seek asylum protection in the U.S. after fleeing violence in Central America and other troubled countries.
The Bureau of Prisons claims to have a policy prohibiting solitary confinement, as it should. But then what do you call locking up inmates by themselves in single cells for more than 22 hours a day for long periods of time with no or limited engagement with others? We would call it solitary confinement. It Read more
Largely focused on mental health, the law will divert people with mental health issues and substance mental illnesses to secure bond, and require that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths. Bland’s family has been critical of the law’s limited vision.
Helen has just spent 18 months in two women’s prisons. She suffers from anxiety, depression and Asperger’s Syndrome. Helen’s account of her time in prison reveals a shocking lack of special care when it comes to these issues.
A new report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog shows how understaffed mental health services for particularly vulnerable inmates, coupled with discredited solitary confinement conditions, can ricochet on the law-abiding.
Thomas was one of 119 inmates to have committed suicide inside prisons across England and Wales in the year 2016. The figure is the highest since records began in 1978 and is equivalent to one suicide every three days, according to Britain’s Ministry of Justice.
Inmates with mental illnesses in federal prison spend on average more time in solitary confinement, or restrictive housing, than inmates without documented mental illnesses, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Justice Department’s inspector general (OIG).
The solution in my opinion is not to solely track people being released with “a history of violence and mental illness”, but to ensure that appropriate services to mentally ill people are available pre, during and post prison.
County commissioners unanimously approved more money for mental health medication for inmates. The county has contracts in place with the Emergence Health Network and the University of Texas Medical Branch to provide medical and pharmacy services at both county jails.
Teaching cops, firefighters and prison workers to recognize and know how to handle people with mental illness is a big part of the efforts to reduce suffering and death at the hands of law enforcement. Less talked about is the mental health of the cops, firefighters and prison workers themselves.
An Austin-based writer’s quest to learn his grandfather’s story leads to death row — and a little-known series of experiments that involved giving hallucinogens to inmates in the early 1960s.
The now-mandatory course for all of the state’s roughly 16,000 officers — including corrections officers — will be part of the 40 hours of additional training they need every three years to be recertified for their jobs.
William Morva showed signs of mental illness long before he killed two men during an escape from custody in 2006, friends and family say. The case of the inmate, now 35, has pushed to the forefront the debate over whether people with mental illness should be shielded from the death penalty.
A federal judge today declared the mental health care system in Alabama prisons to be “horrendously inadequate” – an unconstitutional failure that has resulted in a “skyrocketing suicide rate” among prisoners.
Texas prisons have been called the largest facilities for mental health patients, which coincides with a national trend. But there’s a high threshold for proving a person was so insane when the crime was committed, they couldn’t tell right from wrong.
In Texas, a conservative legislature passed, and a conservative governor just signed, the Sandra Bland Act, a law that sets a high, national bar for policies and procedures in mental health and criminal justice, and progressives haven’t yet noticed just how much this bill advances their cause. In fact, they’re complaining.
Only one-third of inmates in the U.S. with mental-health problems receive treatment, according to a new Department of Justice report released Thursday. In federal prisons, about half of those who need treatment get it, the Department of Justice found.
Many Potter County inmates could see a change in mental health care due to a proposal on the Commissioners Court Docket. The Potter County Sheriffs Office is helping to save the county money by changing the way they see mental health patients.
Carlos Ayestas, a mentally ill undocumented immigrant from Honduras, is arguing that a series of missteps by his trial lawyers led him to be sentenced to death in 1997 at the age of 28, without the jury hearing any mitigating evidence that could spare his life.
Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a pregnant woman inside her apartment had been trained to deal with people showing signs of mental illness or other behavior crises. Officials also say the officers had at least one less-lethal way to handle the woman who they knew had a previous volatile encounter with law Read more
By cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for mental health care and substance abuse treatment, the budget would also send more people to jail who don’t belong there.
The Sandra Bland Act mandates county jails divert people with mental health and substance abuse issues toward treatment, makes it easier for defendants to receive a personal bond if they have a mental illness or intellectual disability, and requires that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths.
While Texas admittedly has some regressive policies, it is a leader in issues around open records and police reform. No longer will Texas jails serve as ineffective warehouses for people with mental health conditions.
At the United States Penitentiary at Lewisburg, Pa., prisoners with serious mental illness are handed crossword and sudoku one of the most violent federal prisons are denied routine mental health care.