Category: Richard Cho

Locked up for Three Decades without a Trial

The Appeal By George Joseph and Simon Davis-Cohen Mario Ramos can’t remember much from his life before he was sent to Rikers Island. His brother Frank, visiting him in jail, tries to jog his memory, reminding Mario of the time they saw an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie together in 1986, just before Mario was arrested. But Ramos, …

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Local Governments “Stepping up” to Help Inmates with Mental Illnesses

WTAJ By Jackie Padilla According to the Stepping Up Initiative, about 2 million people with serious mental illnesses are booked into local jails each year. And now representatives from across the state are working together to lower that number. Representatives from all 67 counties in Pennsylvania were invited to a two-day summit at the Penn Stater …

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Reducing Mental Illness in Jails With Evidence

By Taylor Knopf North Carolina Health News Several hundred county commissioners, sheriffs, court officials and mental health providers from across North Carolina will meet in Raleigh on Tuesday to discuss a new initiative to reduce mental illness in jails. County jails are the largest provider of residential mental health care in the United States, said …

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Corrections Launching Study On Mentally Ill Inmates In County Jails

WESA By Katie Meyer The commonwealth is embarking on a long-term plan to reduce the numbers of mentally ill inmates in county prisons. The project will see the Department of Corrections team up with the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national organization it has previously worked with to reduce state prison costs. Richard …

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Pennsylvania Joins Stepping Up Initiative

The Sentinel By Joshua Vaughn Each year an estimated 2 million people with serious mental illness are admitted into county jails and prisons in the United States, according to Richard Cho, Council of State Governments Justice Center director of behavioral health. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel and Cho announced that Pennsylvania would …

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