Want less crime? Put fewer people in jail

September 15, 2017

Recent studies show that even short stays in jail can spur a significant increase in a person’s likelihood to reoffend, while longer detentions correlate with even greater odds of recidivism. Overall crime rates are lower than they have been in decades, but the rate of… Read more

Cops and the Mentally Ill: Finding a New Approach

September 7, 2017

According to a 2016 report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, CIT has been adopted by more than 35 states, with statewide initiatives in effect in Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Utah, and Kentucky. These methods alone are not enough to solve the… Read more

Police Unions Join Forces to Rally for Mental Health Reform

August 25, 2017

Unions involved with Compassionate and Accountable Responses for Everyone push for the funding of national legislation aimed at helping officers. The “accountable” in Compassionate and Accountable Responses for Everyone refers to responsibility across the board, not just for police officers… Read more

POST BAIL

August 23, 2017

America’s justice system runs on the exchange of money for freedom. Some say that’s unfair. But can data fix it? A 2013 report commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance found 38 percent of inmates in New Jersey jails were there… Read more

How to End Mass Incarceration

August 22, 2017

We see no emergent institutions on the horizon today that might render prisons a thing of the past. What we see instead are examples of criminal justice systems that have continued reforming, modulating, humanizing, shrinking, and decentralizing the functions of… Read more

YSF: Minority Mental Health Month

July 24, 2017

Minority Mental Health Month Mental illness does not discriminate. It affects millions across the United States regardless of race, sexuality, or upbringing – impacting every aspect of their lives. But still, 80% of African Americans and Hispanics suffering from some… Read more