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May 27, 2015 Laurie Garduque is the director of justice reform for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In this post, she explains how the Safety and Justice Challenge Network was formed, and what the 20 sites selected are going to do next. The Safety and Justice Challenge is a $75 million MacArthur Foundation initiative to reduce America's use of jails.     When the MacArthur Foundation announced the Safety and Justice Challenge competition in February...
May 21, 2015 How much does it cost to house the 730,000 men and women in America’s jails? Seems like a simple enough question to answer, but the fact is, no one really knows. The U.S. government estimates $22.2 billion per year, but—as we found in our latest report, The Price of Jails: Measuring the Taxpayer Cost of Local Incarceration—this amount excludes correctional costs borne by other government agencies, such as jail employee benefits and medical care for those...

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May 18, 2015 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) stands to increase access to mental health and addiction services for millions of Americans through expanded Medicaid coverage and other provisions, such as parity protections that require states to cover behavioral health services that are equivalent to physical health services. Newly published research, however, indicates that the ACA’s potential impact on substance use treatment will go unrealized without significant...

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May 14, 2015 On the evening of Sunday, May 10, Prince performed a benefit concert at the Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore City in honor of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old African American man who tragically died in Baltimore City Police Department (BCPD) custody from a traumatic spinal cord injury during police transport. The concert was one of several events sponsored citywide that focused on healing in the wake of the peaceful protests and dangerous riots that...

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May 11, 2015 Congress recently introduced the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act (CJMHA), a bipartisan bill that improves the accessibility of mental health services for people involved in the criminal justice system, while at the same time increasing public safety. Introduced by Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX) in the Senate and Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) in the House, this legislation reauthorizes—but also...

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May 1, 2015 International laws declare education to be an inherent human right. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economics, Social and Cultural Rights both establish the right to free primary education that is accessible for all. Equitable access to higher education is also emphasized. According to these human rights laws, education helps humans reach their highest potential; it is a means by which they can attain empowerment...
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Apr 29, 2015 */ “Breaking Point: New York’s Mental Health Crisis” is a powerful broadcast series about the intersection of poverty, mental health, and the criminal justice system by Cindy Rodriguez, of New York City’s public radio station WNYC. The Vera Institute of Justice is pleased to complement the broadcasts with a blog series that features the voices of experts from a range of fields as they examine how the intersection of poverty, mental health, and the...

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