Mental Illness Program

Could Mental Illness Program Transform L.A. County Justice System?

os Angeles officials announced Wednesday the launch of an alternative sentencing program aimed at diverting mentally ill, low-level offenders from jail into treatment, a project they hope will signal a dramatic shift for the county’s criminal justice system. The $756,000 initiative marks one of the county’s most significant attempts to find a better way to […]


Can We Be Optimistic with Millions Behind Bars?

The Way Americans Talk About Prisons Has Shifted. The Nation’s Policies Have Yet to Catch Up. hould we be optimistic about the criminal justice and prison systems in America? This was the question Tim Golden, The Marshall Project’s managing editor for investigations and news, posed to open a Zócalo/California Endowment panel he was moderating. Golden […]

susan burton

Getting a Finger on the Pulse With Susan Burton

usan Burton has emerged as a force of nature in the battle to end mass incarceration and help formerly incarcerated women reintegrate into society. If she’s not putting on a film festival, she’s taking a group of “liberated lifers” to testify in Sacramento. If she’s not appearing in films with Angela Davis and Michelle Alexander, […]


Preaching Jubilee to the Captives: Week 9

Resource Materials for Preachers on Topics Related to Mass Incarceration Foreword he title we have given to these materials is meant to trip readers up ever so slightly. The premise most preachers take for granted is that they will preach about the evil of mass incarceration to their congregation, and it goes without saying that in […]

Ties That Bind

Announcing “Ties That Bind: A Month of Reflection and Action Against Mass Incarceration”

ustice Not Jails is working with its allies in faith communities and among social justice activists to focus attention America’s shameful mass incarceration mess. Here are three ways you, your congregation, and your organization can participate. Worship Service Elements and Focused Conversations during the Weekend of October 3-5 You can shape an entire service around […]