Krystle Brown

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NYC Spends Millions Jailing the Same Homeless and Mentally Ill People Over and Over

For New York City’s most frequently jailed people, the cycle probably goes something like this: You’re homeless, or mentally ill, or addicted to …

Mental Health

Colorado Will No Longer Send the 'Major Mentally Ill' to Solitary Confinement

Under fire from critics and the federal courts, state officials make a bold move. But how will the new rule be put into practice?<p>Colorado prison officials last week did a good thing—a very good thing. The Colorado Department of Corrections issued a memo to all state wardens telling them that …

The Effects of Incarceration on Mental Health

Although jail time might seem like a distant possibility for most people, incarceration rates in the United States are steadily rising. One study …

Mental Health

Mental illness and Slow Death by Solitary Confinement

On June 7th, the American prison system took another life. Kalief Browder had not been confined behind the walls of a prison for several months, but the system remains largely responsible for his death nonetheless. On that Saturday afternoon, Kalief's mother made the discovery that no parent should …

Mental Health

Suicide spike boosts oversight of California women's prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A spike in suicides and attempted suicides has prompted corrections officials to step up oversight at a California women's prison as inspectors try to pinpoint the cause of the troubling increase.<p>Four women have killed themselves at California Institution for Women in San …

San Bernardino County
Mental Health

In 2008, San Francisco police were called to transport a woman with mental illness to a hospital. Instead, they shot her seven times. This is the story of how police became our nation's mental health care workers, and how Teresa Sheehan's family fought for her before the shooting — and since.

Mental Health