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 of those individuals entering jails determined that sixty-four percent have suffered from a mental health issue within the last year. 

These reports included on this were commissioned over the course of the last two years. The Baton Rouge Metro Council or the Baton Rouge Area Foundation commissioned the various reports.  They point to the issue of reform for criminal justice system in an effort to better manage the resources and provide for better services for the public. That reform is the Bridge Center for Hope. 

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Initiative to Decriminalize Mental Illness Recommendations for a Treatment Center and Continuum of Care 

Initiative to Decriminalize Mental Illness
Recommendations for a Treatment Center and Continuum of Care 

The Potential Economic and Fiscal Impacts of a Jail Diversion Program and Restoration Center for Mental Health and Related Disorders in Baton Rouge

The Potential Economic and Fiscal Impacts of a Jail Diversion Program and Restoration Center for Mental Health and Related Disorders in Baton Rouge

East Baton Rouge Parish Justice Center Study, Final Report June 30, 2016

East Baton Rouge Parish Justice Center Study, Final Report
June 30, 2016