Entries by Galina Sapundjieva

Identification Methodologies and Participation Facilitation Tools

This background paper offers a review of the methodologies for identifying suspects and accused persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities and the practical tools for addressing their special needs and facilitating their participation in the proceedings. It was developed within the framework of the project Offenders with Psycho-Social and Intellectual Disabilities: Identification, Assessment of Needs […]

Dropped Murder Charges Prompt Lawmakers to Assess Mental Health System’s Role in Public Safety

A prosecutor’s decision last month to drop three high-profile criminal cases in Chittenden County has prompted a legislative review of the state’s justice system. Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George said she dropped two murder charges, and one charge of attempted murder, because she was unable to prove the defendants weren’t legally insane when they […]

From hospital to homeless: Victoria’s mental health system fails the most vulnerable

People experiencing homelessness and poor mental health are among Australia’s most vulnerable citizens. Without secure housing and an accessible mental healthcare system, recovery from mental illness is seriously compromised. And the upcoming Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System will be judged by how it responds to this crisis of mental health and housing. In […]

Arlington County Considering Jail Diversion Program for Mentally Ill

Arlington County is considering a new program to divert people with mental illnesses into treatment instead of jail. The proposed program would waive incarceration for people with mental illnesses who are convicted of non-violent misdemeanors if they agree to an intensive treatment program supervised by a judge. All the officials who spoke to ARLnow about […]