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Mental illness and the criminal justice system. Special focus on Jericho, the innovative jail diversion program started in Memphis.
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How Obamacare Could Fix America's Prisons

How Obamacare Could Fix America's Prisons | The Jericho Project | Scoop.it
Proponents of the Affordable Care Act believe that it will lower rates of incarceration and recidivism, and save the country millions
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COLUMBIA, SC: Judge finds SC prison system violates rights, threatens lives of mentally ill prisoners | Crime | The State

COLUMBIA, SC: Judge finds SC prison system violates rights, threatens lives of mentally ill prisoners | Crime | The State | The Jericho Project | Scoop.it
The treatment given to S.C. prison inmates suffering serious mental illness is so substandard that it’s unconstitutional and threatens the mental health of inmates, a state judge ruled Wednesday in a historic decision.
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Locked in

Locked in | The Jericho Project | Scoop.it
SINCE 1994 Tracey Aldridge has been arrested 100 times, jailed 27 times for more than 1,000 days and spent a total of eight years in prison. Most of her arrests have...
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Jailing the Mentally Ill

Jailing the Mentally Ill | The Jericho Project | Scoop.it
By Jenn Ackerman

Since the 1960s, increasing numbers of mentally ill individuals who have committed offenses or are regarded as dangers to society are being housed in prisons and jails across the U.S.—in part because of funding cutbacks.
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When Indigent Defendants Have Mental Health Disorders

When Indigent Defendants Have Mental Health Disorders | The Jericho Project | Scoop.it
A new study is aiming to help develop guidelines and resources for indigent defense attorneys to use when representing clients with mental health disorders.

For the two-year study, which began on Jan.
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Shelby County Chief Public Defender Stephen Bush is serving on a national advisory panel for this project.  Bush is the architect of the nationally recognized Jericho Project.  Read more about his role in this post on JustCity.org.

http://justcity.org/2013/03/21/stephen-bush-to-advise-national-project-on-indigent-defense/

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Meet Rico

Meet Rico | The Jericho Project | Scoop.it
Our friends at True Story Pictures can tell a story. They've previously won Best Documentary at Indie Memphis Film Festival with Voices of Jericho: Stories of Jail Diversion. Check out their latest...
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The Jericho Project

The Jericho Project | The Jericho Project | Scoop.it
More than a decade ago, Shelby County created one of the most innovative jail diversion programs in the country. The Jericho Project was developed by the Shelby Public Defender's Office to assist p...
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Mentally Ill Are Often Locked Up In Jails That Can't Help

Mentally Ill Are Often Locked Up In Jails That Can't Help | The Jericho Project | Scoop.it
Even at a jail with innovative mental health programs, staff say it's hardly actual treatment.
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What's Next? Leaving Jail or Prison With Health Issues

What's Next? Leaving Jail or Prison With Health Issues | The Jericho Project | Scoop.it
If You Read It Here, It's A Crime. America's most comprehensive source of news on crime, and resources on criminal justice.
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Stephen Bush to Advise National Project on Indigent Defense

Stephen Bush to Advise National Project on Indigent Defense | The Jericho Project | Scoop.it
Shelby County Chief Public Defender Stephen Bush has been selected to appear on an expert panel hosted by the prestigious Vera Institute of Justice.  The independent center for justice policy and p...
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Making mentally ill defendants ready for trial

Making mentally ill defendants ready for trial | The Jericho Project | Scoop.it
The judge ascended the bench. He looked down at cafeteria-style tables marked 'Prosecuting Attorney' and 'Defense Attorney.
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Meet Kim

Meet Kim | The Jericho Project | Scoop.it
By now you've seen the Memphis Flyer's feature article about the public defense system, and hopefully you've read about Kim Dunlap, one of the incredible people who has come through the Jericho Pro...
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