Phila. Officials Seek More Savings from Jail Inmate Drop

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.

$2.4 M Settlement in NJ Jail Strip-Search Case

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.

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Why Jail is No Place for the Mentally Troubled

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.

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A Lesson from Camden: Fixing Jails and Health Care Together

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.