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Articles Cited in August in the Pew Trusts Public Safety Report
Who Should Respond to Behavioral health Crises?
Overburdened police officers are typically tasked with responding to mental health and substance use crises. A new approach is needed, but there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. To get started, officials can ask these questions.
Major Michigan District Court to Limit Cash Bail
Michigan’s busiest district court will limit the use of cash bail to those posing a public safety or flight risk, saying the practice disproportionately burdens poor people and puts them behind bars.
Articles cited from other publications
America’s Juvenile Justice System Needs an Overhaul
Research shows that treating young people in the criminal justice system like adults can do more damage than good. Some states are taking note, including Pennsylvania, where officials from both parties have introduced reform bills. Daily Kos
We Must Treat Substance Abuse Use in Jails and Prisons
Alcohol and drug overdose death rates in prisons increased fivefold from 2009 to 2019, outpacing the national drug overdose rate—which tripled in the same period. The Hill
FACT: 80% of Americans with a substance abuse disorder did not get needed care in 2019
Some Other Recent Articles Cited in the Pew Trusts Public Safety Report
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How Can We Improve Our Approach to Jails?
As COVID-19 cases spike across the U.S., now is a good time revisit our research on the size, cost, and trends of jail populations.
New Jails Research: Average Length of Stay Is Up
In three major U.S. counties, the average time that people stayed in jail grew between 2014 and 2019. Not only that, but Black people were overrepresented in jail admissions and stayed longer on average than White individuals. See: Divergent Trends
Is America’s Retail Shoplifting Surge Real?
Not Clear Cut: A wave of recent news stories suggests a spike in shoplifting across the U.S. However, journalist Amanda Mull argues, the narrative “conflates an array of very different offenses into a single crime wave.”
How Drug Enforcement Changed from 2009 to 2019
Arrests for drug possession remained stagnant during the 2010s, despite a decrease in marijuana enforcement. One big reason: Methamphetamine arrests skyrocketed. Learn more from our new research.
How States Can improve Their Probation Systems
Research shows that longer probation sentences …
- Do little to deter crime.
- Eat up resources that could be used for treatment.
- Can reduce housing and employment opportunities.
Explore several proven approaches that help reduce community supervision populations—and see what your state is already doing.
Community Supervision Reformer Explains What Works
“If I had the ability to wave a magic wand, I would focus far more on prevention and treatment than on punishment for people in custody. We just haven’t done enough on that end,” says former probation chief Barbara Broderick.
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