Jail misuse and overuse have taken a heavy toll on our communities. They have become warehouses for people with mental health and substance abuse issues — rather than a place for those who pose a flight risk or threat to public safety. Local policy efforts and practices can contribute to the national movement to end mass incarceration.
Jails open the “front door of mass incarceration,” and cities have opportunities to reduce the number of people entering jail. Cities can take measures such as providing local law enforcement with better tools and alternatives to arrest, supporting community-based alternatives to jails, and creating supports for people returning from incarceration. The NLC Institute for Youth,
On August 28, NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families held a monthly Twitter chat, an interactive communications effort inviting partners, experts, and novices to engage in a conversation on one of the institute’s initiatives. This month’s chat focused on the Youth and Young Adult Connections Program’s work in rethinking jail use in American cities.
Even though the Supreme Court’s next term won’t officially begin until October 6, the Court has already accepted about 40 of the 70 or so cases it will decide in the upcoming months. For a more detailed summary of all the cases the Court has accepted so far affecting cities, read the State and Local