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    State grants to help mentally ill, drug-addicted Mahoning inmates

    Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform (PfCJR) CORE ISSUE:  Provision of adequate physical and mental healthcare for inmates. Mahoning County has been awarded a $150,000-a-year, two-year state grant to help county jail inmates and Community Corrections Association halfway house clients with ... read more

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    ‘Fetal assault bill’ may lead to more drug treatment funding for pregnant women

    Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform CORE ISSUE:  Decriminalization of mental health and addictive disorders. An impassioned and unresolved controversy over whether to continue criminal prosecution of women who give birth to drug-addicted babies has birthed a bipartisan and unanimous committee ... read more

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    Connecticut Governor Proposes New Criminal Justice Reforms

    Physician for Criminal Justice Reform CORE ISSUE:  Reform of the juvenile justice system to identify and divert at-risk youth.  According to News 8 wtnh.com: Gov. Malloy released the second part of his criminal justice reform that he plans to bring to the Legislature ... read more

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    Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons

    Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform CORE ISSUE:  Reform of the juvenile justice system to identify and divert at risk adolescents. As reported by the Washington Post: President Obama on Monday announced a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal ... read more

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    24-hour crisis center designed to divert people from jail, hospitals

    Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform CORE ISSUE:  Decriminalization of mental health and addictive disorders.  As reported by the Triad City Beat: Forsyth County officials are working on a plan to divert people with mental health and substance abuse challenges from the local ... read more

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    Mentally Ill Lives Matter

    PfCJR CORE ISSUE:  Decriminalization of Mental Health and Addictive Disorders. The Huffington Post published an opinion piece by DJ Jaffe entitled "Mentally Ill Lives Matter."  Among the interesting points made: At least half the people shot and killed by police each year ... read more

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    Grant provides Vivitrol for county jail inmates

    Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform CORE ISSUE:  Provision of adequate physical and mental healthcare to inmates. MANSFIELD - More Richland County Jail inmates will have access to medication-assisted treatment for opiate addictions as a result of a new grant from the state. The ... read more

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    Why Connecticut may try 21-year-olds as juveniles

    Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform CORE ISSUE: Criminal Justice Reform to Identify and Divert At-Risk Juveniles.  When the Connecticut legislature voted to raise the age of those eligible to be tried in its juvenile justice system from 16 to 18 ... read more

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    As city jail deaths rise, will reforms help?

    Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform CORE ISSUE:  Provision of adequate access to physical and psychiatric health care for current inmates. According to an article in the Daily News section of www.philly.com: * Seventeen inmates have died already this year, the most since 2007, ... read more

  • Garry F. McCarthy, the police chief of Chicago, is a co-chairman of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration.

    Police Leaders Join Call to Cut Prison Rosters

    More than 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs — including some of the most prominent law enforcement officials in the country — are adding their clout to the movement to reduce the nation’s incarceration rate. Asserting that “too many people are ... read more

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