Too Many People Are Calling 911. Here’s a Better Way.

August 1, 2017

A committee of civic, healthcare, and faith leaders launched a program called Rapid Assessment Decision And Redirection (RADAR). For weekday daytime calls that are very likely to be non-emergent in nature, Memphis partners with a faith-based organization, Resurrection Health, to steer… Read more

The Essential Role of Medicaid and Criminal Justice

July 13, 2017

Specialty courts take aim at social determinants which can be “root cause drivers” and the intersections between poverty, trauma, adverse childhood experiences and disparities in race, health and education. From a criminal and juvenile justice perspective, the role of Medicaid… Read more

Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results

June 12, 2017

By improving the accuracy and consistency of data collection, using more timely measures, and expanding the types of recidivism metrics that are tracked as well as the populations to which these metrics are applied, states are now better positioned to… Read more

We Need School in Prison, and States Must Take the Lead

June 7, 2017

Making education available for all people in prison is essential. When individuals participate in any kind of educational program within a prison, their chances of future incarceration drop by 13 percent. Read the full article here.

A Fresh Take on Ending the Jail-to-Street-to-Jail Cycle

May 11, 2017

A “frequent flier” is someone who has cycled in and out of jail on mostly low-level charges. “Frequent fliers” are expensive: between jail, shelters, and the emergency room, they end up costing a lot more in taxpayer dollars than your average… Read more

American prisons’ cruel and unusual health care

April 20, 2017

All but 8 states charge mostly indigent, unpaid inmates for medical care and then release them, unhealthy and unprepared, into society.  No wonder we have a 70% recidivism rate. The job of wise governance is to construct public policy to… Read more