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Public Policy: Criminal Justice

Approximately 40% of prisoners and jail inmates have experienced mental illness. The physical and psychological consequences of imprisonment often worsen mental health, prolong sentences, and increase rates of homelessness, emergency service utilization, substance use, and recidivism.

Expand Availability of Peer Re-entry Support Services
Limit Use of Solitary Confinement
Improve Medication Continuity for Jail Inmates
Expand Competency Restoration Options and Improve Competency Restoration Processes
Improve Mental Health Services in Juvenile Justice System
Implement A Statewide Good Samaritan Policy
Exempt Individuals with Severe Mental Illness from Capital Punishment
Maintain Funding for Post-Booking Jail Diversion Programs
Establish an Office of Forensic Services to Oversee Forensic Mental Health Care

 

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