We need to rethink how we classify mental illness

October 30, 2017

How do we decide what emotions, thoughts and behaviours are normal, abnormal or pathological? This is essentially what a select group of psychiatrists decide each time they revise the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a bible for… Read more

Why We Ended Long-Term Solitary Confinement in Colorado

October 13, 2017

Rick Raemisch is the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. When he began his role in 2013, there were still over 700 inmates in solitary, some of whom had been there for years. Approximately half of them were… Read more

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