Lifelines: Linking to Federal Benefits for People Exiting Corrections

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Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has released a three-volume report emphasizing  the importance of federal government assistance for recently released prisoners with psychiatric disabilities. The report outlines the cost and societal benefits of aiding recently released prisoners. The benefits  include a decrease in repeat incarcerations, homelessness and federal spending on jails.

Volume 1 details the necessity for programs and government assistance in helping prisoners with mental illnesses; outlining the benefits of having and  the detriments not having assistance programs. Volume 2 of the report lays out a blueprint for what types of programs should be implemented, who should implement them and how. Volume 3 gives a summary of benefits that may be applicable for mentally disabled patients. Free download, 108 total pages.  http://www.bazelon.org/issues/criminalization/publications/Lifelines/Lifelines.htm.