Prisons and jails have been turned into “America’s…new mental hospitals,” even though it is clear that correctional facilities are highly inappropriate places to house and treat people with mental illness. In this fact sheet learn why California must continue to improve health care for people who are incarcerated and why reforms are also needed to address the connections between mental health and the criminal justice system so that Californians who need mental health treatment receive the appropriate care in a timely manner rather than being confined in state prisons or county jails.
In recent years, California has taken steps to reform its approach to criminal justice, including reducing incarceration and promoting more effective pathways to rehabilitation. The Budget Center provides research and analysis about reforms to California’s criminal and juvenile justice systems that can improve outcomes for individuals and identify opportunities to invest money in preventive services.
This “First Look” analysis examines Governor Newsom’s revised state budget proposal for 2019-20, the state fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2019, and highlights the ways it could impact low- and middle-income Californians.
This Fact Sheet shows that the number of state prisoners receiving mental health treatment has grown in recent years, rising from 32,535 in April 2013 to 38,561 in December 2017. Reforms are needed so that Californians who require mental health treatment get the care they need instead of ending up in prisons or local jails.
This “first look” analysis examines Governor Newsom’s proposed state budget for 2019-20, the state fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2019.
For the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ annual conference, “Impact 2018: Building Momentum for Equity and Opportunity,” Director of Strategic Communications Steven Bliss presented on how to use digital tools to connect policymakers, advocates, community leaders, and other stakeholders with state policy analysis for the workshop “Digital Advocacy 101.”