police

Why ‘Terrible’ Police Training on Mental Health Leads to Unnecessary Deaths

Young cops are taught that individuals threatening them with knives are as potentially dangerous as if they were carrying guns. Statistics don’t support the claim; nevertheless, it has triggered too many fatal tragedies involving people diagnosed with mental problems that could have been prevented, writes a psychologist.

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Can Social Workers Replace Cops? One Experiment, From All Angles

Long before this year’s protests over police mishandling of mental health crisis calls, journalists began to examine CAHOOTS, a program in Eugene, Ore., that used community-based services as first responders in place of cops. You can read some of the most compelling accounts in the latest collection of stories about crime-reduction strategies archived by the Solutions Journalism Network.

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‘The Madness of Incarceration’: The Corrosive Effect of U.S. Jails and Prisons

Anyone who has experienced the dehumanizing environment of most U.S. prisons would not be surprised by the high levels of recidivism in our corrections system, says psychiatrist Dr. Christine Montross. In a conversation with TCR about her new book, Dr. Montross argues nothing will change until we treat incarcerated people with “humanity.”

Jails, Justice and Mental Health

Documentary filmmaker Gabriel London speaks with The Crime Report about his recently released project, “The Definition of Insanity,” now streaming on PBS. The film follows participants and the team who carry out the Miami-Dade Criminal Mental Health Project (CMHP) in Florida.