Archives: justice system

Mass Incarceration: The Social and Economic Costs

Despite the steady drop in crime, incarceration rates have risen over the past 30 years, and the US rate is far above any other in the world. The costs of imprisonment are alarming: almost a quarter-trillion dollars a year, all told, and the social price is just as steep. This hour we’ll discuss how we reached this point, and where solutions lie.

Mental Illness and the Justice System

In the US, ten times as many mentally ill people are housed in a prison or jail as in a hospital. But a new grant invests in training for cops to recognize mental illness in ways that prevent needless arrests, and keep the mentally ill out of the prison system. We’ll learn how judges are embracing mental health court, and protecting the vulnerable.