Category: Stepping Up Initiative

May 29

Opinion: ‘Stepping Up’ for Pacific County

Chinook Observer By Cate Gable Recidivism is a $100 word that means relapse into crime. It’s most commonly used to refer to someone who has been in jail, is released, and then commits another crime and finds himself or herself back in jail. In other words, it’s “the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend.” …

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May 24

Register for Webinar: Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses Booked into Jails

Four Key Measures Webinar Series Hosted by the National Association of Counties, with support from The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation Date: Thursday, June 7 Time: 2–3:15 p.m. ET The Stepping Up Six Questions framework encourages counties to focus their efforts on impacting one or more of the …

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May 16

Watch Livestream: Helping Counties Collect Accurate, Accessible Data on People Who Have Serious Mental Illnesses in Jails

Date: Thursday, May 24 Time: 12:15–1:45 p.m. ET Watch next week’s livestream here. This month, the Stepping Up initiative launched a national effort to help counties collect accurate, accessible data on people entering their jails who have serious mental illnesses. As part of the effort, seven Innovator Counties have been selected as models for their expertise in …

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May 16

Counties Across the Country Participate in National Stepping Up Day of Action

By the Stepping Up Initiative The Stepping Up initiative marks its three-year anniversary today with a national Day of Action to raise awareness of the progress happening in counties to reduce the number of people who have mental illnesses in jails. During this Day of Action, county officials are hosting events or participating in local activities to …

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May 04

Diversion Program Would Help Keep Mentally Ill Out of Jail

Bill would establish crisis-intervention training for law enforcement to reduce number of mentally ill people arrested or in court system NJ Spotlight By Lilo H. Stainton Nonviolent offenders with mental illness could be diverted away from New Jersey’s mainstream criminal justice system and into a rehabilitation program designed to provide treatment for their psychiatric disorder, …

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May 01

Stepping Up Initiative Expands Push for Counties to Collect Data on Number of People in Jails Who Have Mental Illnesses

By CSG Justice Center Staff The Stepping Up initiative launched a national effort today to help counties collect accurate, accessible data on the number of people entering their jails who have mental illnesses. As part of the effort, seven rural and urban “Innovator Counties” have been selected as models for their expertise in accurately identifying …

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Apr 25

Dauphin County, Pennsylvania: A County Justice and Mental Health Systems Improvement Project

In June 2016, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania’s county commissioners passed a Stepping Up resolution to reduce the number of people in their local prison who have mental illnesses. Then, in December 2016, Dauphin County’s elected officials and criminal justice and behavioral health leaders—represented by the county’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB)—asked the CSG Justice Center to …

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Jan 04

Douglas County, Oregon Commissioners Sign ‘Stepping Up’ Resolution

KPIC By KPIC News Staff The Douglas County Commissioners signed a resolution supporting a call to action to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the county jail. “Stepping Up to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in the Jails” is a national initiative, the county says. To date, 17 counties …

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Dec 27

Editorial: Stepping Up’s Aim to Cut Inmate Population Has Merit

Herald-Whig By Herald-Whig Staff Marion County is considering becoming part of a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in U.S. jail, who pose no safety risk. The Stepping Up program was launched in May 2015 and is sponsored by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of …

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Dec 13

Codington County (SD) Takes Steps to Limit Prison Time for Children, Mentally Ill

Watertown Public Opinion By J.T. Fey Codington County Commissioners took two steps they hope will eventually help prevent kids and the mentally ill from spending much time in prison. The commissioners first voted 5-0 to authorize chairman Myron Johnson to sign a memorandum of understanding to establish the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Committee. JDAI’s basic …

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