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 […]
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New Jersey lawmakers have passed a bill that is among the most progressive legislative reform to the practice of solitary confinement in the US. The bill would drastically restrict solitary confinement to a maximum of 20 consecutive days or 30 days total over the course of 60 days — a huge reduction of the indefinite […]
Officials agree that growing numbers of people with mental health disorders in Colorado’s criminal justice system is a crisis. But, in a hearing this week at the Capitol, several lawmakers said that the 20-year-old task force set up to help address that challenge has been hamstrung by a lack of staff, a lack of authority […]
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 […]
Rising mental health concerns post-Hurricane Michael led Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to host part three of her round table series in Bay County. “I thought it was important to get up here. I think this is a place doing unique things,” said Attorney General Moody. “Sheriff Ford has tried new programs that are working.” […]
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 […]
The Delhi High Court has agreed to examine a legal question as to whether the laws on disabilities and mental healthcare are applicable on persons suffering from mental illness. Justice V K Rao sought response from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on applicability of three Acts — Mental […]
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 […]
When José moved his family to the U.S. from Mexico nearly two decades ago, he had hopes of giving his children a better life But now he worries about the future of his 21-year-old-son, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder last year. José says his son was a happy child who loved playing […]
Severe mental illness is on the rise in the UK, and an increasing number of people with mental illness are behind bars and supported by inadequate mental health services. This is a situation that could be improved by the introduction of courts specifically geared for hearing cases involving defendants with mental health issues. In England, […]
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