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Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help Juvenile Offenders? – The Crime Report

When youths are preconditioned to violence and crime, disregard for the law becomes automatic. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) targets this “criminal thinking” to reduce crime and recidivism— and give juveniles the opportunity of a…
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Recreational Therapy is Lifesaver for Kids in Juvenile Detention – Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Bill Dorsey works as a shift supervisor at the Ada County Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Boise, Idaho. Outside of his daily duties, Dorsey also provides a valuable service to the youths held in detention — he teaches music. By providing…
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A Dangerous Brain: Can Neuroscience Predict How Likely Someone is to Commit Another Crime? – The Marshall Project

In 1978, Thomas Barefoot was convicted of killing a police officer in Texas. During the sentencing phase of his trial, the prosecution called two psychiatrists to testify about Barefoot’s “future dangerousness,” a capital-sentencing requirement…

Judge Steven Leifman Awarded 2018 Pardes Humanitarian Prize for Leadership in Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jail and Prison

The 2018 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health is being awarded to Judge Steven Leifman, an associate administrative judge in Miami-Dade County, who has been at the forefront of a public policy movement to reduce the number of people with…
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Miami Center to Treat Mentally Ill Crime Suspects – The Crime Report

Miami soon will open the nation’s first “forensic diversion” center for mentally ill people who otherwise would be destined for the criminal justice system, says Judge Steven Leifman, who has long advocated for defendants with mental problems.…
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Returns on Investments in Recidivism-Reducing Programs – Council of Economic Advisers Report

In its latest report, the President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) found that the return for every dollar spent on mental health and substance was $1.47 and 45.27, respectively. Read more.
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Information on Inmates with Serious Mental Illness and Strategies to Reduce Recidivism- Government Accountability Office

About two-thirds of inmates with a serious mental illness in the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) were incarcerated for four types of offenses—drug (23 percent), sex offenses (18 percent), weapons and explosives…
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Study Finds Mental Health Court Curbs Recidivism – Medical Express

The Florida Institute of technology released a new study finding that defendants who completed mental health court experienced dramatically reduced recidivism rates within three years of release. The study also found that those who re-offended…