A new lawsuit claims Black Americans with mental illness are being forced into traumatic emergency room stays.
This report focuses on the societal and economic costs of holding mentally ill offenders in jails and prisons, how mentally ill offenders are processed in the criminal justice system, and several promising criminal justice interventions and policies for mentally ill offenders.
This policy brief was developed in the wake of the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut by Christine Leonard, Director of Vera’s Washington DC office, and Mary Crowley, Vera’s Director of Communications. It is designed to share the research-based perspectives and recommendations of Vera experts on some of the complex and challenging issues raised by this tragedy.
Even in the best of times, jails are not good at providing health and social services.
Published by the GAINS Center, this brief reviews the evidence on the use of cognitive-behavioral therapies within the RNR principle, a common framework for criminal justice case planning; the focus is on “criminal thinking,” a common “criminogenic factor” used in risk and needs assessments.