Philadelphia leaders have cut the city’s jail population by a striking 28 percent in two years, with help from a MacArthur Foundation grant. City Council officials and advocates want to know why costs have not fallen accordingly. Activists complain that criminal justice consumes one-fourth of the city’s budget.
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian partnered with the Vera Institute of Justice to create the People Achieving Change Together (PACT) program, based on a German model of prioritizing rehabilitation and resocialization of its inmates.
An investigation after 30 San Diego jail suicides since 2010 criticizes the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for not providing appropriate care for seriously mentally ill inmates, resulting in dozens of preventable suicides.
A new report finds continued ‘horrific violence’ and racial disparity in New Orleans’ parish jail despite a 2013 DOJ consent decree. It argues the city’s racial inequities will not change without systemic reform in jail operation.
Lawyers settled a class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of inmates who were illegally strip-searched at Burlington County, N.J., correctional facilities between 2004 and 2012, a period during which everyone brought in was ordered to undress and be searched regardless of how minor were the charges they faced. A judge said the blanket strip-search policy violated New Jersey law.
For lack of alternatives, thousands of mentally ill individuals are trapped in the justice system. In a conversation with TCR, Alisa Roth, author of “Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness,” says change will only happen when we reexamine our attitudes towards mental illness.
Two-thirds of the people who cycle in and out of jails also cycle in and out of hospitals in this resource-starved New Jersey city. The connection led authorities to try an experiment that focused on the needs of individuals poorly served by both systems. Authors of a new report on health and criminal justice tell what happened.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit charging that prosecutors and sheriff’s deputies in California’s Orange County ran a long-running campaign to get confessions from defendants illegally.
A jailhouse video shows San Luis Obispo, Ca., sheriff’s deputies watching and sometimes laughing as a schizophrenic man, who had been strapped naked to a chair for 46 hours, writhes on the floor of his cell, loses consciousness and eventually dies.