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As COVID-19 Spreads In Prisons, Lockdowns Spark Fear Of More Solitary Confinement

Prisons across the country have placed prisoners on lockdown — they're kept in their cells mostly around-the-clock — as a way to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Now prison reformers are worried that the response has increased the…
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Webinar: Lessons from Social and Neurological Perspectives on Positive Youth Development - April 23 at 4 PM

Our juvenile justice system began to take shape during a time of massive immigration and rapid growth of urban areas. Poverty, lack of supervision, and deplorable living conditions were seen as conditions that fostered delinquency. As the system…
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Morgan & Morgan Firm Joins State Attorney, Public Defender to Launch Community Bail Fund

Attorneys with the Orlando-based law firm Morgan & Morgan joined Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Public Defender Robert Wesley Thursday to launch a nonprofit fund that would give bail money to low-income people who can’t…
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Seminole Jail’s Innovative Addiction Treatment Program Aims to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Eva Viruet has been to rehab before. She’s also spent more nights in jail than she’d like to admit. But her time in Seminole County’s Accepting Change Through Treatment, or ACTT, program — a hybrid between inpatient…
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When a Prisoner Returns Home With a Brain Injury, Freedom Isn't So Free

Chuck Coma tried to lie still in his hospital bed. But there was a spasm in his chest, like something inside was fighting to get out. "It says here you had an injury in 2016, and you've been jerking since then. Are there any triggers?" the…
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Diversion to What? Evidence-Based Mental Health Services that Prevent Needless Incarceration

Investing in community-based mental health services provides numerous benefits, including a reduction in law enforcement intervention and incarceration. These services also promote the integration of people with mental health disabilities into…
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Association of Parental Incarceration with Psychiatric and Functional Outcomes of Young Adults

This cohort study, using data from a community-representative, longitudinal study, found that parental incarceration was associated with young adults’ increased odds of having an anxiety disorder, having a felony charge, spending time in jail,…
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The Cost of Caring for Mentally Ill Inmates

State spending on mental health care for prison inmates has nearly quadrupled in the past two decades. Expenditures on the Colorado Department of Corrections’ “mental health subprogram” increased from about $4.4 million in fiscal…
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Florida Prisons Targeted Over Solitary Confinement

Florida’s prison system is “widely overusing” the practice of solitary confinement to manage inmates, sometimes locking them up in cells that are no bigger than a parking spaces over often-minor infractions, according to Shalini Goel Agarwal,…
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Search for Mental Health Care Ends Tragically at Florida Jail

County jails are ill equipped to care for people with mental health issues. That fact was not known to Vicki Futch, 80, when she called Florida’s Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) for help because her son, Gregory Allan Futch, 54,…