WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW (CONTINUED)
(Continued from previous column). The Court rejected Texas’s standards for deciding whether an individual’s intellectual disability would preclude him from receiving the death penalty. In writing for the majority, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg reasoned that Texas’s approach was not consistent with current medical standards, placed too much weight on I.Q. scores, and considered factors rooted in stereotypes. See Moore v. Texas. In the Community
Improving the Process for Prisoner Reentry
Reentry programming for previously incarcerated offenders seems like a great idea, but where is the research supporting it? Recent research has shown that individuals feel they may not be receiving the services they need. So what’s the answer? Better integrate offender-perceived needs with needs highlighted in actuarial assessments.
This bill filed in Kentucky, if passed, may be a good model for improving success in reentry. The bill aims to provide workforce training during incarceration, ease restrictions that prevent released offenders from getting jobs, and provide a reentry drug supervision pilot program.
Improving Citizen-Law Enforcement Relations: Police Accountability
This global multi-site randomized clinical trial examined the use of body-worn cameras on police and whether it reduced citizen’s complaints. Studies like this are increasingly more important as tensions have increased among officers and the populations they serve.
Mental Health Care & the Trump Administration
As many are aware, the Trump administration has begun to withdraw federal protections for transgender individuals. This will likely have a large impact on the transgender community, and an even larger impact for incarcerated transgender individuals. As institutional barriers are resurrected, it might be helpful for practicing clinicians to review these guidelines when working with transgender clients.
As the status of the Affordable Care Act remains in question, see this article for the perspective of some concerned psychologists.
And Lastly, on a positive note…
For information on a promising program, check out NPR’s inspiring Hidden Brain podcast on a CBT program in Chicago designed to reduce violence and increase high school graduate rates among teenage boys.
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