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COUNTY MAKING “PROGRESS” TO KEEP PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS OUT OF JAIL

 

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

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July 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- The County Board of Supervisors this week adopted a new alternative custody program that will help inmates with a mental illness re-enter the community.

Programming for Reentry, Support and Stability, or PROGRESS, will address the mental health of sentenced offenders in an alternative custody setting. The County Probation Department, the Public Defender Office and the Health and Human Services Agency worked with the Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office to develop the strategy.

JUSTICE DEPT: JAILING PEOPLE WHO CAN’T AFFORD BAIL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 21, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Jailing poor defendants because they can’t afford bail is unconstitutional and violates the 14th Amendment right to equal protection, the U.S.  Justice Department argued in an amicus brief filed in federal court on Thursday.