The First Appearance is an NCSL digital newsletter for state legislators, legislative staff and others interested in pretrial release policy. This newsletter provides monthly updates on state interests, actions and resources and provides links to the latest research.
Individuals with mental illness are often arrested for behavior associated with their disability, including administrative offenses and non-violent “qualify of life” offenses. The overrepresentation of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system is also tied to reports of significant increases in the number of those identified as needing to undergo a competency evaluation. Learn more about what states and counties are doing to address these issues.