Alternatives to arrest are now widely available across the U.S. to justice-involved individuals who pose no risk to public safety. But a new survey shows that how they are implemented and who benefits from them can depend on a “stunning variety” of state statutes and practices.
Researchers found a “sizable” decrease in violent crimes committed indoors on high- pollen days, and a four percent reduction in crimes outside the home. They suggested that “health shocks” can have a significant dampening impact on criminal behavior.
Studies suggest that incarcerated women have higher rates of medical and psychiatric disorders than men. But correctional health care policy has largely neglected their needs, particularly of those aged 50 and over, a TCR Special Report finds.
Law enforcement officers around the U.S. spend nearly a quarter of their time shuttling individuals suffering a mental health crisis to treatment centers—which not only diverts them from public safety responsibilities, but further criminalizes mental illness, a new survey concludes.
The president’s hardline stance on the Affordable Care Act threatens to reduce access to the medical and mental health care needed by older individuals after they leave prison. That would undercut the promise of the recently signed First Step Act.
The state’s health care contractor, Corizon Health, has fallen well short of the contract’s requirements for staffing key mental health positions at several mostly rural facilities , according to documents obtained by The Kansas City Star.
Correctional facilities around the country try to offset the costs of inmate health care by charging minimum co-payments. But the results are not always exactly what they bargained for, writes an inmate in a Texas facility.
Oregon officials have been under a court order since 2003 to move mentally ill pretrial defendants from jail to hospitals within seven days. An analysis by The Oregonian newspaper shows that doesn’t happen 29 percent of the time, thanks to shortages of hospital beds and law enforcement resources.