Author Archives: Jack Odle

Seeking shelter from mass incarceration: Fighting criminalization with Housing First

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Prison Policy Initiative


Brian Nam-Sonenstein

Housing is one of our best tools for ending mass incarceration. It does more than put a roof over people’s heads; housing gives people the space and stability necessary to receive care, escape crises, and improve their quality of life. For this reason, giving people housing can help interrupt a major pathway to prison created […]

Marijuana legalization question will be on Ohio’s fall ballot after lawmakers failed to act on it

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Joe Carroll

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal to legalize recreational adult use of marijuana in Ohio was cleared Wednesday to appear on statewide ballots this fall after the Republican-led state Legislature failed to act on it. The measure would allow adults 21 and over to buy and possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and to […]

Building a Better Mental Health Court: New Hampshire Judicial Branch Establishes State Guidelines

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The Council of State Governments Justice Center


Rachel Lee, Hallie Fader-Towe, Alex Casale

Unlike drug courts, which have been informed by national standards for 10 years, mental health courts (MHCs) have developed without national guidance. This January, after receiving support from The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, New Hampshire became one of a growing number of states to establish statewide governing documents for MHCs, such as guidelines, principles, and best […]

Probation and Parole in the United States, 2021

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Bureau of Justice Statistics


Danielle Kaeble, BJS Statistician

An estimated 3,745,000 adults were under community supervision at yearend 2021, a 4% decline from the 3,881,600 who were supervised in the community on January 1, 2021. This decline is attributed to a reduction in both the number of persons on probation, who made up 79% of the community supervision population, and the number on […]

VA To Pay for All Emergency Mental Health Care Starting Next Week

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Military Times


Leo Shane III

Starting Jan. 17, all veterans will be able to access emergency mental health care free of charge at any Veterans Affairs medical facility or outside clinic, regardless of whether they are already enrolled in department health care services. Department officials announced the new policy on Friday as part of nationwide efforts to prevent suicide among veterans. According to the […]

When People Face a Mental Health Crisis, What’s the Best Response?

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The PEW Charitable Trusts


Carol Kaufmann

A black SUV pulls up to an empty storefront in Abilene, Texas, where a man is sleeping on the sidewalk. He looks to be 30-something, though it’s difficult to tell. Although his blondish red hair and long beard are matted and his arms and dark clothing are caked with dirt, incongruously his hands and nails […]

U.S. Surgeon General Releases New Framework for Mental Health & Well-Being in the Workplace

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the U.S. Surgeon General


Reports of “Quiet Quitting” and the Great Resignation Highlight How the COVID-19 Pandemic Shifted the Way Americans Live and Work Framework Highlights Five Essentials for Workers in Organizations, and Businesses of Every Size to Help Leaders Develop Policies and Practices that Support the Mental Health and Well-Being of Workers (Washington, DC) — Today, United States […]