The Court of a Million Chances

January 3, 2018

Mental health courts, rather than a broad solution to the general problem, are best used when considering the diversion of a small percentage of that target population. However, even that small percentage can fall through the cracks without accessible housing,… Read more

Pew Public Safety Performance Project summarizes JRI reforms

August 30, 2017

In a recent report the Pew Public Safety Performance Project summarized reforms undertaken as part of a decade-long effort by the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), in which 36 states have enacted laws implementing research-based changes to their sentencing, release, oversight, and supervision policies…. Read more

Nine Lessons About Criminal Justice Reform

July 21, 2017

Every year about 650,000 of those prisoners are released back into the world. We know that most of them will be unemployed a year later, and that two-thirds of them will be rearrested within three years. We have a corrections… 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

It’s time to refocus the punishment paradigm

July 12, 2017

By shifting the emphasis from retribution to rewards, we can make a greater impact on inmate behavior. We’ll not only help adults in the criminal justice system minimize their offending; we’ll strengthen their resolve to successfully reintegrate into their families,… Read more

Colorado Summit Resource Compendium

September 7, 2016

On August 31st and September 1st, 2016, Equitas Foundation convened hundreds of stakeholders from across the state of Colorado to take on the entanglement of behavioral health and criminal justice and come up with real solutions. As part of that… Read more