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COVID-19 Has Triggered Jail Population Drops—With One Exception
Jails across the U.S. are seeing reductions in their populations since the pandemic struck, yet local officials say the prevalence of mental illness in their facilities remains stubbornly high. Our latest video features officials from Douglas County, KS and San Luis Obispo, CA—both recognized as Innovator Counties in the Stepping… Read More
Site Snapshot: How Three Counties Are Serving High-Needs Populations
  Across the U.S., hundreds of jurisdictions have committed to improving their systems responses to “priority populations,” people who frequently and repeatedly encounter law enforcement, jails, and emergency departments, and other social services. The CSG Justice Center is highlighting three of these communities: Bernalillo County, New Mexico; Fulton County, Georgie;… Read More
Special Topics Case Studies: A Three-Part Series
Counties across the U.S. are taking action to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails. In this new, three-part series, The Stepping Up Special Topics Case Studies, we highlight specific counties that are taking an innovative approach to achieve measurable impact in their local criminal justice systems. Read More
JMHCP Grant Helps San Luis Obispo ‘Step Up’ to Improve Lives of People With Mental Illnesses in Jail
By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff San Luis Obispo, California was awarded a Justice and Mental Health Collaboration (JMHCP) grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance in 2018 to improve responses to people with mental illnesses in their local criminal justice… Read More