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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State
State(s) All States
Source The Pew Charitable Trusts
Policy Areas Health, Housing, Public Safety, Children & Families, Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Millions of Americans have one or more forms of mental illness. These conditions have wide-ranging health, economic, and social consequences. For example, mental illness is a major factor in homelessness and incarceration. And serious mental illness - defined as a mental, behavioral,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety
Storytelling on social media has become a powerful tool to shift public narratives in the movement to end mass criminalization. However, if misused, improper storytelling runs the risk of perpetuating narratives that reinforce, rather than work to dismantle, the criminal justice system....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Public Safety
Poor people, especially people of color, face a far greater risk of being fined, arrested, and even incarcerated for minor offenses than other Americans. A broken taillight, an unpaid parking ticket, a minor drug offense, sitting on a sidewalk, or sleeping in a park can all result...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States, California
Source American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
Policy Areas Health, Public Safety, Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report examines how Los Angeles County can reduce incarceration for individuals with mental illness by implementing diversion programs together with supportive housing and assertive community treatment (ACT) programs. These programs have been shown to reduce recidivism. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Vera Institute of Justice
Policy Areas Health, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance
The report examines the state of intervention practices for individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system and the limitations of current practice. It calls for new approaches focused on prevention, early intervention, comprehensive care, and recovery-oriented practice...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Community Justice Exchange
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Health
Incarcerated people in the United States’ jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers are at an unacceptable risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. This document provides some guidance and tools for families, organizers, and advocates who are demanding their decarceration...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance
This report examines local policies that prevent hiring discrimination against individuals with criminal records, such as "ban the box" initiatives that remove criminal record questions from job applications and defer background checks to the final stages of the hiring process. It...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source MassBudget
Policy Areas Civil Rights
The infographic examines the impacts of crime laws implemented in Massachusetts on prison populations and recent reforms that have decreased the number of inmates, especially drug offenders. The document highlights the cost savings from reducing incarceration and suggests reallocating...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Justice Center
Policy Areas Health, Public Safety
Law enforcement responses to people with mental illnesses are among the most complex and time-consuming calls for officers, threaten the safety of officers and residents alike, and have the potential for tragic outcomes. Law enforcement and behavioral health agency leaders across...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Campaign Zero
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Public Safety
Recognizing that systemic change can only be achieved through comprehensive action, Campaign Zero provides a model use of force policy to help reduce police violence in America. Among these, the policies that govern how and when officers are allowed to use force against civilians...

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