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Bronx (NY) Mental Health Court Doesn’t Work

Bronx (NY) Mental Health Court Doesn’t Work Our notes: Specialty courts are popping up throughout the country and that’s good; the criminal justice system is trying to find ways of dealing with people who need to be diverted. Just note that there are some who claim too much success from specialty courts. Over promising is […]

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Prisoners Report Significant Mental and Physical Problems

Prisoners Report Significant Mental and Physical Problems Editor’s note: Anyone working with people caught up in the criminal justice system are astounded by the number of people with physical and mental health problems. Crime takes an enormous toll on those involved with many (most?) having physical or psychological injuries from a criminal lifestyle. The inability […]

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Do Mental Health Courts Work?

Adult Mental Health Courts Receive Mixed Ratings Adult Mental Health Courts are specialized, treatment-oriented, problem-solving courts that divert mentally ill offenders away from the criminal justice system and into court-mandated, community-based treatment programs in order to reduce recidivism and decrease the amount of contact that mentally ill individuals have with the criminal justice system. The […]

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25 Million Americans Are Monthly Drug Users

From Crime in America.Net: A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides insight into the nature and scope of substance use and mental illness issues affecting America. The report shows that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users – 9.4 percent of […]

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One in Five Americans Experience Diagnosable Mental Illness

Nearly one in five American adults, or 43.7 million people, experienced a diagnosable mental illness in 2012 according to SAMHSA. These results are consistent with 2011 findings.

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Nearly 1 in 5 violent offenders in prison or jail or on probation were identified as mentally ill.

Crime in America.Net Our prayers go to Representative Giffords and all those killed or wounded in the tragic event in Tucson. We have reader questions regarding the tragic shooting in Tucson, AZ.  Three days after a gunman allegedly killed six people and left a congresswoman critically injured, there are multiple reports of erratic behavior and mental health […]

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Correctional Programs Reduce Crime-Update-Two New Programs Offered

Crime in America.Net Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic. Powered by WP Greet Box WordPress Plugin Updated late December, 2010. Gentlereaders: Please see another update from our previous “What Works in Corrections” where we attempt to provide an overview of […]

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Violent Crime Rate for Disabled Double the National Average

Crime in America.Net Two of us are former police officers and we are not surprised that people with disabilities have a violent crime rate that is double the national average. People with disabilities come with a wide variety of issues (cognitive, physical, seeing or hearing) that make them vulnerable. Some offenders seek those deemed easy […]

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Correctional Programs Reduce Crime-Update-Report on 99 Recidivism Studies

Crime in America.Net Updated winter of 2010. Two new programs added regarding jobs for offenders (great data as to what works) and properly classifying high risk offenders and adding programs. Shows long range reductions in recidivism. Gentlereaders: Please see another update from our previous “What Works in Corrections” where we attempt to provide an overview of […]

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Mental Health Courts Lower Recidivism

Gentlereaders:  The research continues the generally positive results from speciality courts focusing on an array of criminal justice issues like drugs, probation violations, prisoner reentry and mental health issues.  There is a point where the Department of Justice should take a harder look as to why so many court-related programs are claiming success. In all probability, […]

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Violent offenders more likely to die in local jails

New data from the US Department of Justice provides some insight as to medical and psychological issues associated with criminal offenders. The reference to violent offenders is found on page 10 (link below). Observations: No reasons are provided for the association between violent offenders and mortality, but observers of crime and justice issues note that […]

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Mentally ill Offenders: Crime in America.Net

One of us was called to a major highway one evening with a report that an elderly woman was walking among traffic. He immediately activated his lights and siren and sped as fast as he could to the location fully expecting to find the woman dead. But there she was, in the middle of the […]

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What Works in Corrections-Crime in America.Net

Updated August, 2010. This article summarizes data as to the effectiveness of correctional programs regarding reductions in recidivism (returns to the criminal justice system via arrest, prosecution or incarceration). Note that most states define recidivism as a return to incarceration. The research focuses on programs giving offenders skills they need to become productive citizens. For […]

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70 percent of youth report past traumatic experience including physical or sexual abuse

Gentlereaders: Findings from the survey of youth in residential placement. Crime in America.Net The findings below are based on a recent document from the US Department of Justice regarding interviews with a nationally representative sample of 7,073 youth in custody during spring 2003. If one wonders why we have high levels of crime in America, one […]

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20 Year Prison Study—Treatment Works: Crime Statistics

Crime in America.Net staff. We like to think that we bring our readers unique content and it doesn’t get more unique then the attached study. The research provides the results of a correctional program over the course of 20 years. We are unaware of any criminological research beyond twin studies (research on the behavioral aspects […]

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