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Proposed legislation would allow people accused of crimes to tell juries if they had a mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, or an intellectual or developmental disability at the time of a crime. The bill could have helped individuals like Matthew Rushin.
Feb 24, 2021
Patrisse Cullors, Tim Black
Jun 25, 2020
A fiery debate outlined what’s at stake in the race to lead the largest prosecutor’s office in the country.
Jan 30, 2020
Activists hope Chesa Boudin will press charges, and push for systemic changes to address the criminalization of mental illness.
Jan 22, 2020
There’s a cynical local-to-national news pipeline designed to mock the powerless under the guise of “odd” news stories.
Adam H. Johnson
Jan 16, 2020
As a form of punishment, incarceration does not enhance public safety when it is not balanced against its tendency to make a person’s unfortunate situation worse.
Jan 03, 2020
In a rare move, a federal court vacated Anastazia Schmid’s murder conviction, saying she’d received ineffective assistance of counsel and had been mentally unfit to stand trial. But Schmid, who’d spent 18 years in prison, remained locked up for three months more.
Sep 06, 2019
In the wake of the Dayton shooting, Gov. Mike DeWine proposed creating more space in psychiatric hospitals by removing some people who are court-ordered to be there.
Aug 14, 2019
Advocates and attorneys say Jackie Lacey’s rhetoric doesn’t match her actions.
Jun 07, 2019
A number of people spent multiple days at the Atlanta City Detention Center for low-level offenses, including for driving while using a cell phone and for walking in the roadway.
May 16, 2019
Women with mental illness are left in isolation and filth, and often placed in solitary confinement, according to a suit against the Fulton County sheriff.
Apr 19, 2019
At Virginia’s Hampton Roads Regional Jail, reform has been slow even after high-profile tragedies including the death of mentally disabled man incarcerated who allegedly stole $5 worth of snacks.
Apr 16, 2019
Our staff picks 12 stories worth reading (or rereading) before the new year.
Dec 27, 2018
Lawsuits that challenge mental healthcare and medical care for incarcerated people advance in Illinois.
Dec 05, 2018
Earl McNeil’s family is demanding answers from the National City, California, police department.
Jul 19, 2018
A New York City man has been shuffled between Rikers Island and mental hospitals for 32 years.
George Joseph, Simon Davis-Cohen
Jun 21, 2018
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