Denver’s jail population is on the decline after reaching near-crisis levels last winter, and officials hope that several new practices will continue to reduce the number of people who spend time in the city’s two jails. Since January, the average… Read more
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
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
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
Emptying the ‘New Asylums’: A Beds Capacity Model to Reduce Mental Illness Behind Bars reports the findings of a mathematical model built to project whether relatively modest selected changes to the status quo could break this logjam. The Takeaway: Relatively… Read more
Over the past decade and a half, San Antonio community leaders, government officials, law enforcement, judges, medical institutions, and the county mental health authority have made tremendous strides together in identifying and treating people with mental illness. To date, more… Read more
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
A new task force requested by Gov. John Hickenlooper after he vetoed a bill that would have expanded Colorado’s mental health hold law will begin meeting next month. The “diverse and talented” group will include Vincent Atchity with Equitas Foundation. Read the… Read more
What if doctors prescribed the same treatment to every patient with a particular symptom, without trying to diagnose its cause? Or if they offered powerful medications, without bothering to figure out if they worked? Read the full article here.
A new research study from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law finds that in 27 states that have decreased their prison populations, crime also has decreased. Read the full article here.