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2011 Public Safety Realignment Act: Second Annual Report on the Implementation of Community Corrections Partnership Plans
State of California Board of State and Community Corrections

See the First Annual Report
A Way Forward: Diverting People with Mental Illness from Inhumane and Expensive Jail into Community-Based Treatment that Works
ACLU of Southern California and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, July 2014
Health Care for California's Jail Population
Mia Bird and Shannon McConville, Public Policy Institute of California, June 2014
Give People with Mental Illness Treatment, Not a Jail Cell
Judge Steve Leifman, Miami Herald, May 17, 2014
Guns, Public Health and Mental Illness Report
The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, December 2013
When Did Prisons Become Acceptable Mental Healthcare Facilities?
Study published by Stanford University Law School, Three Strikes Project
California Judicial Council's Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues

>Summary of Task Force Final Report
>Full Final Report: Recommendations for Changing the Paradigm for Persons with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System
>Mental Health Issues Implementation Task Force Meeting Schedule
The GAINS Center
>Sequential Intercept Model (brochure)

>Practical Advice on Jail Diversion
Special Issue on Sex Offender Treatment
International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, Volume 8, Issue 3-4, 2013
Assessing Judicial Sentencing Preferences After Public Safety Realignment:
A Survey of California Judges

Robert Weisberg & Lisa T. Quan
DRAFT for review and comments at Stanford Law School, November 20, 2013
2011 Public Safety Realignment Act: First Annual Report on the Implementation of Community Corrections Partnership Plans
State of California Board of State and Community Corrections, June 2013
The 2013-14 Budget:
Maximizing Federal Reimbursement For Parolee Mental Health Care
Legislative Analyst's Office, May 6, 2013
A Call for State Action:
Invest in Mental Health Services for Community Wellness
Senator Darrell Steinberg, President Pro Tempore, May 6, 2013
Mentally Ill Juveniles in Local Custody: Issues and Analysis (pdf)
A resource paper developed by the California Corrections Standards Authority (CSA), June 2011
Costs of Incarcerating Youth with Mental Illness (pdf)
Edward Cohen and Jane Pfeifer

One of the products of ongoing collaboration between the Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) and the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA), this study's purpose is to inform public policy development by analyzing costs and contexts related to incarcerating youth with mental illness and co-occurring mental illness/substance use disorders in California detention facilities. Information obtained from this study will serve to advocate for better services in order to prevent the inappropriate criminalization of youth who would be better served in mental health treatment settings, to improve services to youth who must be separated from the community, and to ensure continuity of mental health care upon re-entry of such youth to their communities.
Prison Break: How Michigan Managed to Empty Its Penitentiary While Lowering Its Crime Rate
Luke Mogelson, Washington Monthly, November/December, 2010
Mentally Ill Prisoners Get a Second Chance
Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times, Monday, October 25, 2010
Mental heath courts are operating in 29 California counties, helping offenders and reducing crime in their communities
Jail Break: How Smarter Parole and Probation Can Cut the Nation's Incarceration Rate
Washington Monthly, July/Aug 2009
Between the Lines: A Question and Answer Guide on Legal Issues in Supportive Housing - California Edition
Appendix: Housing and the Mental Health Services Act
Corporation for Supportive Housing
This manual offers some basic information about the laws that pertain to supportive housing and sets out ways to identify and think though issues so as to make better use of professional counsel. It also offers reasonable approaches to resolve common dilemmas.
Using Tax Dollars to Turn Lives Around is Money Well Spent Los Angeles Times
Juvenile Justice Reform: Realigning Responsibilities
Little Hoover Commission, July 2008
The Health and Health Care of US Prisoners: Results of a Nationwide Survey
"We analyzed the prevalence of chronic illnesses, including mental illness, and access to health care among US inmates...
Among inmates in federal prisons, state prisons, and local jails, 38.5%, 42.8%, and 38.7%, respectively, suffered a chronic medical condition. Among inmates with a mental condition ever treated with a psychiatric medication, only 25.5% of federal, 29.6% of state, and 38.5% of local inmates were taking a psychiatric medication at the time of arrest, whereas 69.1%, 68.6%, and 45.5% were restarted on a psychiatric medication after admission.
Many inmates with a serious chronic physical illness fail to receive care while incarcerated. Among inmates with mental illness, most were off their treatments at the time of arrest. Improvements are needed both in correctional health care and in community mental health services that might prevent crime and incarceration.
Navigating the Currents
A Guide to California's Public Mental Health System
California Sex Offender Management Board Report on Residence Restrictions
State and County Collaboration: Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System, National Association of Counties
Mental Health Courts: A Primer for Policymakers and Practitioners, Bureau of Justice Assistance
Health and Prisoner Reentry: How Physical, Mental, and Substance Abuse Conditions Shape the Process of Reintegration, Kamala Mallik-Kane, Christy A. Visher
Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute, February 2008
Juvenile Court Statistics 2005, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Describes delinquency cases handled between 1985 and 2005 and petitioned status offense cases handled between 1995 and 2005 by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction. Courts with juvenile jurisdiction may handle a variety of matters, including child abuse and neglect, traffic violations, child support, and adoptions. This Report, the 77th report in the Juvenile Court Statistics series, focuses on cases involving juveniles charged with law violations (delinquency or status offenses). The data used in the analyses were contributed to the National Juvenile Court Data Archive by more than 2,100 courts with jurisdiction over 80% of the juvenile population in 2005.
Suffering Souls: The Search for the Roots of Psychopathy
The New Yorker, November 10, 2008
John Seabrook
Effectiveness of a Mental Health Court in Reducing Criminal Recidivism and Violence (pdf)
American Journal of Psychiatry, 2007
Dale E. McNiel, Ph.D.
Renée L. Binder, M.D.
Landmark Mental Health Legislation Receives Renewed Attention (pdf) (Laura's Law)
California Political Desk, February 25, 2008
Court will review challenge to Prop. 83's sex offender restrictions (pdf) SF Chronicle, December 13, 2007
The Mentally Ill, Behind Bars (pdf)
New York Times Opinion article, January 15, 2007
Bernard E. Harcourt
Professor, Law and Criminology, University of Chicago
San Francisco Medicine Magazine, October 2005
San Francisco's Behavioral Health Court: On the Cutting Edge (pdf), Honorable Herbert Donaldson and Jennifer Johnson
When Mental Illness Meets the Criminal Justice System, Jo Robinson, MFT


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