Prisoners aren’t all psychopaths

“But what is needed is more transparency, not less. The general public needs to understand what happens inside prisons – the good, the bad and the ugly – and to open a genuine dialogue around why, for the most part, prisons don’t work and, in many respects, represent the very antithesis of blind justice. Meanwhile,…

Criminal Justice For the Mentally Ill

Criminalization of Mental Illness Ought to be a Crime   A lack of mental health treatment options is a major contributing factor in the mass incarceration of people with mental illness in Massachusetts and across the country. The Treatment Advocacy Center in 2014 found data that “there are now 10 times more individuals with serious…

An answer?

  We Spend $9 Billion a Year to Lock Up People With Mental Illnesses: Here’s What We Should Do Instead San Antonio, TX has found a better approach to mental illness than handcuffs and jail cells.     http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/we-spend-9-billion-year-lock-people-mental-illnesses-heres-what-we-should-do-instead

Because my mind roams over these walls…from “Solitary Voices”

The following story comes from Mustafa Zulu, who has been in solitary confinement for most of the past 22 years. He was born and raised in Washington, DC, where he watched both parents struggle with drug addiction. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult and convicted of murder. He is currently…

Obamacare is not just about health, it could end up reducing prison populations “more than any reform in a generation”?

From Sentencing Law and Policy: An Affiliate of the Law Professors Blog Network http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2014/03/might-obamacare-end-up-reducing-prison-populations-more-than-any-reform-in-a-generation.html   The question in the title of this post is drawn from the headline of this new Newsweek article that purports to explain “How Obamacare May Lower the Prison Population More Than Any Reform in a Generation.” Here are a few highlights: [The] the Patient…

Why me and CURE IL, the speech I gave at my 50th high school reunion

When we left school dreaming of Camelot, JFK was the President of the United States, some say he won  due to the votes of dead Americans in Cook County, but it was a time of hope and belief we could change the worls. That same year the first armed troops were sent to Vietnam; a…

IT IS TIME TO STOP WASTING MINDS

Officials at the highest-security federal prison in America have taken steps to address mental- health issues among the prison’s inmates, following a lawsuit that accuses the government of indifference. Now time for states to file suits! Read more: Supermax prison officials move to address mental health after lawsuit – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_22064773/supermax-prison-officials-move-address-mental-health-after#ixzz2DJzYvis1 Read The…

Building Alliances between the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems

“There is growing evidence that keeping individuals with mental illness out of the criminal justice system by engaging them in treatment and providing appropriate supports reduces both human and economic costs. The majority of arrests of people with mental illness involve non-violent charges such as crimes against the public order or property offenses. In Cook…