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Feb 26, 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...
Feb 25, 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...
Feb 3, 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...
Jul 10, 2014 A local politician swallows one kilogram of cocaine to smuggle to Europe in order to fund his electoral campaign….a president’s reelection campaign is lavishly funded by drug cartels….a Boeing 727 transporting nearly 11 tons of cocaine crashes during takeoff at a makeshift airport in the middle of the Sahara desert…the emergence of narco-terrorist organizations threaten newly minted, still fragile democracies… In West Africa, the global reach of the...
Jul 8, 2014 Nationwide, state correctional health care spending totaled $7.7 billion in 2011—an amount that comprises 20 percent of overall prison expenditures, according to a new report from the State Health Care Spending Project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Inmate health care costs make up a larger share of state prison...
Jun 24, 2014 In response to an explosion in overdose deaths due to opioids, such as heroin or prescription opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, and in recognition of the immediate, life-saving role police officers can play when a person is at risk of overdosing, NYPD officers have begun carrying naloxone, a medication that reverses the effect of the overdose, saving the person’s life. More than 19,000 patrol officers will be equipped with a nasal spray form of...
Jun 16, 2014 The surge of opiate-related overdoses in the United States is a pressing public health issue. An underrepresented aspect of this epidemic is the disproportionately high risk of death that people reentering the community from jail or prison experience upon their release. Public health and correctional agencies share a responsibility in preventing avoidable mortality and morbidity associated with these events. Vera’s Director of Research, Jim Parsons,...

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