Category Archive: jail diversion

Jul 22

Missoula Commissioner Rowley Speaks about Jail Diversion at National Conference

The Missoulian By Dillon Kato Missoula County Commissioner Cola Rowley was scheduled to speak at a national convention on Sunday about some of the efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illness who end up in jail. Rowley’s speech took place at the Stepping Up Summit, part of the National Association of Counties’ …

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Jun 07

Register for Webinar: Alternatives to Incarceration for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

Hosted by the Addiction Policy Forum For at least the last decade, criminal justice policymakers and practitioners have been testing alternatives to incarceration as a way to ease jail overcrowding, meet the needs of people in mental health crises, provide access to services for a variety of behavioral health needs, and keep families intact. This …

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Jun 01

Mental Health Lockups Spiked by 1,365 Percent in Two Years at Summit County Jail

Summit Daily (Colorado) By Hugh Carey When John told a crisis hotline counselor that he was suicidal last September, he didn’t expect the police to get involved. But roughly two hours later, he says, sheriff’s deputies arrived at his home in Summit Cove. John, who asked his real name be withheld, had been drinking heavily and …

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May 18

Colorado Will No Longer Lock up People Who Are Suicidal or in Mental Health Crisis

The Denver Post By Jennifer Brown It soon will be against the law in Colorado to lock people in jail when they are picked up on mental health holds. The legislation signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday also increases funds for a network of crisis-response teams, walk-in mental health treatment centers and transportation to …

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Mar 11

Supervisors Seek to Reduce Ontario County Jail Population

Finger Lakes Times By Mike Hibbard HOPEWELL (New York) — The Ontario County Board of Supervisors has backed several measures designed to reduce the number of inmates incarcerated at the county jail — and to lower costs related to the operation of the facility. At their meeting Thursday night, supervisors approved resolutions that came from …

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