Supporting Vulnerable Populations: Civil Interventions and Diversion for Those with Mental Illness
Source: National Center for State Courts
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: People with Criminal Justice System Involvement
Topics: Criminal or Juvenile Justice System
A criminal justice system already ill-equipped to appropriately handle people with mental illness is made even less appropriate by the COVID-19 pandemic. This brief describes non-criminal justice interventions that have been shown to be effective in increasing public safety while providing effective interventions to those in need, and discusses ways in which courts can play a role in diverting people in crisis from entering or penetrating the criminal justice system.