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Jul 24, 2015 In a recent New York Times op-ed, Maia Szalavitz calls for the governors of New York and New Jersey to sign legislation guaranteeing that participants in drug court and other forms of mandated substance use treatment are able to access medication assisted treatment (MAT). An extensive literature supports the effectiveness of drugs like...
Jul 7, 2015 After decades of mass incarceration, policymakers around the country are realizing the unintended consequences of using the criminal justice system to deal with the social and public health problems of homelessness, drug use, mental illness, and poverty. Despite the advances of criminal justice reform, however, there are increasing efforts to criminalize pregnant women who are at risk for negative birth outcomes, particularly targeting women who use drugs...
Jun 24, 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...
Jun 19, 2015 No country incarcerates more women than the United States. Although American women comprise just five percent of the total global female population, we represent nearly a third of the world’s female prisoners—a rate that outstrips even America’s unprecedented incarceration of men.   Shocking as that may be, our drive to incarcerate doesn...
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...
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...

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