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July 18, 2015
Sheriff Frank G. Cousins Jr. in Essex County wants to add a 42-bed detox unit to one of Massachusetts' largest jails, the Middleton House of Corrections.
July 18, 2015
Massachusetts HHS secretary Marylou Sudders is pledging to take a look at the way the state treats those with serious mental illnesses and debilitating substance abuse problems who get caught up in the criminal justice system.
July 17, 2015
Whether James Holmes gets life without parole or a death sentence for the Colorado theater shooting, he will spend years behind bars, joining hundreds of thousands of inmates who suffer from mental illness, The Associated Press reports.
July 13, 2015
California will be allowed to oversee the healthcare for inmates at Folsom Prison, officials said, nearly a decade after the state lost control of prison medical services amid allegations of substandard care in the correctional system.
July 06, 2015
The Los Angeles Police Department's mental evaluation unit is the largest mental health policing program of its kind in the nation. Officers in the unit work with county mental health employees to provide crisis intervention when people with mental illnesses come into contact with police.
June 02, 2015
Heroin addicts in eight Maryland county jails and detention centers will be treated with monthly injections of naltrexone, a non-narcotic and non-addictive substance that blocks the euphoric effects of heroin and other opiates. Eligible inmates w
June 01, 2015
According to a report by medical receiver Clark Kelso, healthcare within California's 34 prisons continues to improve, however problems persist in contract prisons where the state pays to house its overflow inmate population.
June 01, 2015
Hillary Rodham Clinton has called heroin and methamphetamine addiction in rural America a "quiet epidemic" and told her policy advisers to put it on the list of policy priorities.
May 26, 2015
Two inmates are suing the ­Minnesota Department of Corrections, seeking access to costly drug treatments for hepatitis C. Breakthrough medicine for hepatitis C started being approved in the U.S. in late 2013, the lawsuit states, and has become the standard of care with a 95% cure rate.
May 19, 2015
Access to government-funded Medicaid, through the Affordable Care Act, will help reduce health care costs to cities, counties and states when inmates are enrolled in Medicaid during incarceration and prior to release.
May 19, 2015
Clinical psychologist Nneka Jones Tapia will become the executive director of one of the country's largest jails - Cook County Jail in Chicago which houses 9,000 inmates, an estimated third of which are mentally ill. 
April 28, 2015
For the first time since voting to form a union last year, medical staff at Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania reached a labor agreement with Corizon Health. The three-year agreement covers 116 workers.
April 07, 2015
An Urban Institute report points out that more than half of all inmates in jails and state prisons have a mental illness, the most common is depression, followed by bipolar disorder.
March 23, 2015
Judge Mary Hogan Sullivan, a Dedham District Court judge, is the director of specialty courts in Massachusetts, overseeing programs such as drug court. Drug court is intended to target substance abuse issues that may be the underlying causes of criminal behavior in some defendants.
March 01, 2015
According to MSNBC, 10,000 people have received health coverage as a result of applications that got started in Illinois's Cook County Jail, the largest single-site jail in the country.
February 17, 2015
Ohio is among a growing number of states working to enroll prisoners into Medicaid when they get sick and as they are being released.
February 10, 2015
Jails have become warehouses of people too poor to post bail or too ill with mental health or drug problems to adequately care for themselves, according to a report entitled Incarceration's Front Door:
February 07, 2015
As a result of a four-year, $1-million grant, a pilot program in Indiana's Marion County is screening ex-offenders seeking job and resume training and references for traumatic brain injuries in hopes of reducing the rate of recidi
January 21, 2015
Pointing to issues with understaffing, increasing numbers of mentally ill prisoners and private healthcare providers that aren't fulfilling their contracts, the new head of the Florida Department of Corrections told state lawmakers the department needs more funding and oversight, the News Servic
January 18, 2015
From 2001 to 2008, the cost of providing healthcare per inmate increased nationally by an average of 28%, according to a 2013 report by the Pew Research Center that examined cost data from 44 states. During that period, Texas reduced the cost of healthcare per inmate by 12%.
January 18, 2015
A program aimed at decreasing the rate at which former Worcester County prisoners go back to jail will get a boost with a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
January 07, 2015
Salinas Valley State Prison nurses expressed doubt that a proposed one-size-fits-all approach to medical staffing will work at the high-security facility.