"The Rikers Island Hot Spotters: Defining the Needs of the Most Frequently Incarcerated" - Ross MacDonald, et al., American Journal of Public Health
The Bureau of Correctional Health Services of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is responsible for the provision of medical, mental health, and discharge planning services in the New York City jail system. With an average daily population of approximately 11,000 persons and more than 60,000 admissions per year, the New York City jail system is among the largest in the world. CHS sought to characterize the medical and mental health conditions of the most frequently returning persons to New York City jails. The primary goal of this investigation was to inform the care they provide for this population, but the analysis also raises questions that cut across disciplines, including the nature of patients’ relationship with the criminal justice system. Read the report.
"Promoting Access to Stable, Permanent Housing for All New Yorkers" - Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
CSH and partners released policy recommendations developed by the New York Reentry Housing Workgroup to strengthen recent efforts by the State and City to improve access to housing for people with criminal justice backgrounds. As CSH amplifies in their report, all persons with a criminal justice-involved history deserve fair access, consistent with public safety, to supportive, affordable and market-rate housing in order to reinforce their successful reentry and reduce the risk of their re-incarceration.
The Reentry Workgroup included organizations with specific expertise in criminal justice and related housing issues including: The Bridge, The Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Community Housing and Services, CASES, the Community Service Society of New York, CSH, The Fortune Society, From Punishment to Public Health, Greenhope Services for Women, Hour Children, Housing Plus Solutions, Legal Action Center, MFY Legal Services, Neighbors Together, The Osborne Association, Prisoner Reentry Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Providence House.
We hope you will support and share these recommendations, especially with your local and state leaders, so that thousands of New Yorkers exiting our jails and prisons will find stable housing, avoid re-incarceration, and lead productive lives in our communities.