Sozosei Foundation Updates


Sozosei Foundation Awards $100,000 to American India Foundation (AIF) COVID-19 Response Fund
May 05, 2021
Sozosei Foundation Awards $75,000 in Grants to Local Texas Communities Impacted by Winter Storm
Mar 10, 2021
2020 Sozosei Summit
Jan 08, 2021

Resources for Learning and Involvement

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.

Youth Voices on Mental Health

National Juvenile Justice Network webinar profiling youth voices.

Well Beings

Broadcast addressing the critical health needs of Americans through original digital content, and impactful local events. 

Fatal police shootings of mentally ill people are 39 precent more likely to take place in small and midsized areas

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.

Treatment Advocacy Center Data Analysis

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. 

Treat or Repeat: A State Survey of Serious Mental Illness, Major Crimes and Community Treatment

Treatment Advocacy Center, September 2017

Toronto moves forward on consultations to create a non-police mental health crisis response team

An article in the Toronto Star about the city’s efforts to create a mental health crisis response team.

Think Bigger Do Good Policy Series

Policy paper series from Scattergood Foundation and its partners examining issues related to behavioral and mental health. 

Will Drug Legalization Leave Black People Behind?

Marshall Project article on how racial disparities should be considered in discussions of drug decriminalization.

The Pandemic paused the school-to-prison pipeline: potential lessons learned

Research from The Lancet that investigates how COVID-19 may have paused the school to prison pipeline.  

The Criminalization of Mental Illness: Crisis and Opportunity for the Justice System, Second Edition

Textbook by Slate, Buffington-Vollum, and Johnson about the failures of our justice system and potential solutions.