Jails are facing hard questions during the COVID-19 pandemic: Should they release people vulnerable to the virus and detained for low-level offenses? How can they protect the health of their employees and people housed in jail?
This webinar will present a new Council of State Governments Justice Center checklist of considerations for jail management and release during the pandemic, particularly regarding people who may have behavioral health needs.
Jurisdictions that participate in the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge and are Stepping Up Innovator Counties will describe how they're working to reduce their jail populations, protect the health and safety of people their jails, and connect people who frequently cycle in and out of emergency rooms, shelters, crisis services, and the justice system—known as “high utilizers”—to necessary treatment and services.
This webinar is presented by The Council of State Governments' Justice Center. It will take place Wednesday, April 29, at 2 p.m. ET and will feature several panelists:
- Michael Daniels, Justice Policy Coordinator, Franklin County, Ohio
- Risë Haneberg, Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health, the CSG Justice Center
- Carrie Hill, National Sheriffs’ Association
- Sam Howarth, Behavioral Health Services Administrator, Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services
- Mark Stovell, Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health, the CSG Justice Center