western Implications of the Affordable Care Act for the Criminal Justice System

Steve Rosenberg, president of Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS), talks with David Cloud of Vera's Substance Use and Mental Health program about the opportunities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve access to healthcare services for criminal justice-involved populations, as a way to improve both public health and public safety. Rosenberg explains the unique role that corrections and court personnel can play in identifying eligible individuals, assisting them with the enrollment process, and linking them to care in the community. He also emphasizes the importance of health information technology in breaking down communication barriers between correctional health and community health systems, as a way to enhance care coordination.


Credit: Alex NabaumFor illustrative purposes only.

Paying the Price

New Mexico’s Practice of Arresting and Incarcerating People for Nonpayment of Court Debt

New Mexico is one of several states where nonpayment of court-ordered fines and fees is punishable by arrest through bench warrants. Prior research has estimated that 60 to 70 percent of New Mexicans miss payments, are issued a summons, and are subsequently issued bench warrants, which sometimes result in incarceration, even though the average paym ...

  • Maria Rafael
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Beyond Access

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  • ​Allan Wachendorfer, Kayla James, Eurielle Kiki, Niloufer Taber
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Restoring Promise Implementation Toolkit

Opening housing units for young adults built on human dignity

This Restoring Promise Implementation Toolkit is a roadmap for corrections agencies interested in supporting the success of young adults (ages 18–25) by creating specialized housing units rooted in human dignity and restorative practices. The toolkit guides agencies through a nine-month process to opening a young adult housing unit, organized in fi ...

January 31, 2024