People with mental illness are not more likely than anyone else to commit violent acts. In fact, it is 10 times more likely that people with severe mental illness will be victims of a violent crime than the general population. Read about police and mental health professional collaboration in our recent blog post.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem, with 2.8 million new TBIs each year. For juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system, TBI—which is both common and often unrecognized—can be a barrier to youths’ rehabilitation and successful reentry back to their homes and communities.
NCSL tracks many criminal justice hot topics like marijuana; human trafficking; juvenile life without parole; death penalty; drug crime policy and other issues.
Utah passed juvenile justice reform in 2017. Our blog post lists initial data that shows the state is reducing the number of youth in custody and reinvesting into services in the community, while juvenile referrals to court drop.
NCSL maintains criminal justice legislation and bill tracking databases on juvenile justice, pretrial release and more.