At our 2020 Summit, registrants and participants shared varied and rich resources about the field of decriminalizing mental illness. Sozosei is honored to share those resources here. If you have a resource you wish to share, please email us at [email protected]
Together, we can start to mitigate the devastating consequences of treating mental illness as if it is a crime. In so doing, we must acknowledge and respond to the policies that created our current challenges, and the societal implications of those policies. Resources illuminating the issue, including research and advocacy efforts, are listed below and organized by topic.
National Juvenile Justice Network webinar profiling youth voices.
Broadcast addressing the critical health needs of Americans through original digital content, and impactful local events.
Washington Post article comparing the likelihood of police shootings for people living with mental illness in mid-size towns versus those in large cities. Please note this article contains some graphic content.
Research from the Treatment Advocacy Center showing that individuals with mental illness tend to receive a more severe punishment than those without a mental illness.
Treatment Advocacy Center, September 2017
An article in the Toronto Star about the city’s efforts to create a mental health crisis response team.
Policy paper series from Scattergood Foundation and its partners examining issues related to behavioral and mental health.
Marshall Project article on how racial disparities should be considered in discussions of drug decriminalization.
Research from The Lancet that investigates how COVID-19 may have paused the school to prison pipeline.
Textbook by Slate, Buffington-Vollum, and Johnson about the failures of our justice system and potential solutions.