Host Sue Humphreys talks with Ayesha Delany-Brumsey of the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and Stepping Up Initiative to examine health issues in the justice system and what’s making a difference.
Mental illness is being criminalized, and it’s up to everyone involved in the justice system to stop it.
When you screen inmates at intake, you know right away what treatments, housing, and programming will be most effective for each individual, and you can make decisions that appropriately allocate resources and keep everyone safe.
Placement in restrictive housing is often an attempt to protect inmates, but it can have the opposite effect, particularly for those who suffer from mental illness.
While there is no validated intake screener available today, experts agree that there are eight key factors that should be included in an effective suicide screening at intake.
We can use assessment tools not only to appropriately place inmates with mental illnesses, but also those around them.
Constant vigilance of restrictive housing procedures and practices is necessary. Building an ongoing review process to look at risk conditions and determine what’s changed is needed.
Those of us who work in jails or prisons don’t need research studies to tell us what we already know: Mental illness in the justice system is a serious problem. And we’re not equipped to fix it.
Justice professionals and mental health professionals agree: Jails aren’t equipped to effectively treat mental illness, yet they do it every day. Jail staff and administrators have been asking for help for decades, and you and your peers undoubtedly spend a great deal of time trying to get appropriate resources to those who need the