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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.

Forensic Mental Health

Words to Deeds: Changing the Paradigm for Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

The Confess Project

The Confess Project has the first and largest organization committed to building a culture of mental health for young men of color, boys and their families. How? We focus on empowering frontline heroes and sheroesin Communities across America. More specifically, we train barbers to be mental health advocates.

The Austin Chronicle

The Austin Women Dispelling Stigma and Moving Mental Health Issues Forward


MCES's Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) Program has had a lot of firsts over the years. Here's one more -- their first CIS video.

The Atlantic

When Mental Illness Becomes a Jail Sentence

Arrestees who are mentally incompetent to stand trial are supposed to be sent for treatment. But thousands are being warehoused in jails for months without a conviction.


Police and prison guards demand compliance. That only makes situations worse for people with serious mental illness in Pa.

Use of force reports from Bucks County jail offer a glimpse into a criminal justice system unequipped to deal with people who may be having a crisis.

CSG Justice Center

More Community, Less Confinement

This 50-state analysis explores how supervision violations impacted prison populations during—and prior to—the pandemic. The project was conducted in partnership with the Correctional Leaders Association with support from Arnold Ventures.

LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) at the Pittsburgh Foundation

LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) is a systems-change initiative that uses both collective governance and new approaches to direct service. The goal is to reduce policies and practices that disproportionately criminalize low-income people and people of color with unmet behavioral health needs, problematic substance use, and homelessness. 

New York Focus

Homeless Man Spent Over 800 Days in Rikers After Stealing Cold Medicine from Duane Reade

National Commission on Correctional Healthcare

Journal of Correctional Health Care

The only peer-reviewed correctional health care journal with coverage that includes empirical research, case studies, best practices, literature reviews and letters, plus NCCHC position statements.