The front line of that process is the police, who frequently determine whether someone will enter the mental health system or the criminal justice system. Even police who are equipped and inclined to recognize mental illness and respond appropriately, however, find themselves constrained to redirect the mentally ill into the criminal justice system because of a lack of alternatives. The local law enforcement can redirect non-violent mentally ill in crisis to the clinic for assessment and assistance instead of
It elaborates further on the concept of “jail diversion” explaining a program in Bexar County Texas that is having success in doing just that as well as helping mentally ill lead better more successful lives. The author states that there is a high percentage of homeless mentally ill in jails and too much is expected of law enforcement and the criminal justice system in regards to mental health care. This is corroborated in the readings of Slate et al. (2013) as police officers are described as “street corner psychiatrists” and “providers of “psychiatric first aid”. The author also describes the growing pressures on emergency rooms to treat mentally ill who are over twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital than those with other
Over the last 40 years, we have spent trillions of dollars on the failed and ineffective War on Drugs (Aclu). Drug use has not declined and drug markets are become more resilient to the mass incarceration of drug offenders. There is always another drug dealer standing by, ready to replace the one who has been sent to prison. Along with the War on Drugs, the changes in sentencing policies contributed to higher levels of incarceration at both the state and federal levels. Mandatory minimum sentences were established as the response to complaints from politicians and the public that offenders weren’t serving long enough terms for their convictions.
The last thing about incarcerations is there are other alternatives. That’s the another point the Smarter Sentencing Act is trying to say other than shorter sentencing times. “The 24/7 Sobriety Project is a court-based program designed to reduce the re-offense rates of repeat Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenders. Started as a pilot project in South Dakota in 2005, the 24/7 Project requires participants to maintain full sobriety, meaning no use of alcohol or illegal drugs, in order to keep their driving privileges and stay out of jail” (). This states that anyone with a DUI or any other drug offences can seek help to stay out of jail in South Dakota.
SB 200 uses the costly resources/treatments on more serious offenders by placing restrictions on the commitment of lower level offenders and the length of time they may be placed out-of-home. Secondly, SB 200 addresses timely quality treatment and supervision to hold youth accountable. The bill provides for earlier access to treatment and supervision and increases funding for high quality services in local communities. Thirdly, evaluating the effectiveness of the bill this is done by establishing oversight and performance measurement for the policies. SB 200 covers both major and minor revisions to Juvenile Justice in Kentucky.
In 2009, Governor Bev Perdue and a bipartisan group of state legislators and other leaders requested help the Council of State Governments Justice Center to develop a statewide plan to reduce spending on prisons in North Carolina. In reducing the amount of funds spent on prisons this will increase public safety, also use the current funding available as efficiently and effectively as possible. In the State of North Carolina, inmates who are sentence to 90 days or less will serve their sentence in county or local jail at the county’s expense. In some counties long-term misdemeanant sentences as well as those with felony sentencing were being served by inmates in a county jail. However, effective January 1, 2012, all defendants that were sentenced to over 180 days for a misdemeanor and for those who were sentenced for a felony must serve their sentences in the state prison system and not at any of the county
Some see the death penalty as the correct punishment for severe crimes such as dealing drugs or murder, but others believe that the death penalty would let these criminals off to easy as they wouldn't have to live the rest of their sentence, or even life, in prison. Listener relevance: this punishment is currently being considered in the united states, included in the White House Opioid Crisis Plan. One of the reasons people want to keep the death penalty is that it’s “the ultimate warning”. They believe that administering the death penalty on a criminal will deter others from committing the same crime because they will see what the consequence is. Another reason some believe the death penalty is the correct punishment for drug dealers is because the drugs they sold could have caused someones overdose and they should suffer the punishment for their
Drug courts, initially propelled in Florida in 1989, are an arrangement of escalated treatment and supervision. The thought is to treat the instances of peaceful substance-mishandling guilty parties uniquely in contrast to other criminal cases in light of the fact that the dependence is at the base of the criminal action. Accentuation is on recovery instead of discipline. Drug Courts are the best equity intercession for treating drug-dependent individuals the purpose of drug courts is to diminish drug use, lessen wrongdoing, spare cash, and it reestablish lives with sparing more hardship on the kids and reconnecting families together. Drug Courts serve a small amount of the assessed 1.2 million drug dependent individuals presently included in the equity framework.
One thing that could possibly help is that if they made drugs legal, we could easily help stop most of the issues between individuals. Everyday, people are sent to jail rather than being supported to get treatment. UNODC acknowledges the idea of being sent to treatment rather than jail, which is starting to become a mainstream heath care issue (167). People who consume these drugs on the daily basis could take notice in what they 're doing which makes them realize that it 's leading them in the wrong direction. If we could make this happen, the number of people being sent to jail can decrease.
This also goes for the inmates that have been deemed to be mentally ill. These inmates should be placed in mental hospitals instead of being sentenced to prisons. This would allow drug abusers and the mentally ill to receive the proper care that they need, while also helping to reduce the prison population. The Center of Economic Policy Research stated that in 2012 only 8.5 percent of inmates that were incarcerated in federal prison systems were violent offenders (Kamrany, Boyd, 2012). Some believe that the main cause of overcrowded prisons are because of the unreasonable amount of crime that has been occurring throughout the united states for the past several years (Revercomb, 1985).
In the state of Tennessee one does not often hear about Livingston on the news. With the town not being that big it would be hard to have such a high crime rate. As for every jail system Overton county has it procedures as well. Overton county will put the criminal in a jail holding cell and later ask for any basic information. It is always important to get an inmates medical and mental history because anything can happen within a jail cell and one would need to know what to do or how to react.
Many people can recover from the crippling mental illness that occupies their body, allowing them to become functioning, law-abiding citizens in our society. I believe that if he had continued his treatment until at least his mid-twenties, which is the time that a man’s brain begins the end of the developmental process. If this were to have been the case with Adam Lanza, many people would still be alive today. Taking a case as extreme as the Sandy Hook Elementary School Mass Murder can be used in school systems around the world in order to prevent such tragic happenings such as the Sandy Hook murders. When looking at the symptoms of a potential threat, many schools can become more aware and safe by giving treatment to those who need it.