Each year around twelve million people are arrested and processed through jails across the country. Sixty to seventy percent of those arrests are for misdemeanor offenses. Conversely, in the latest Bureau of Justice Bulletin on jails, an analysis determined that sixty-four percent of those entering jails have suffered from a mental health issue within the last year.
Reports included on this webpage were commissioned by The Baton Rouge Metro Council or the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. They reveal the need for criminal justice system reform to better manage resources and provide better services to the public. The Bridge Center for Hope is part of that reform.
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