Some communities have admirably created special courts to help decrease the frequency of contacts between individuals with a mental illness and the criminal justice system. These courts provide treatment plans developed by mental health professionals and resources to improve a person's social functioning.
What if I were to tell you that individual criminals, "thugs," low-lives, drug addicts, welfare hoarders or whatever name they have been called are actually just reactionary results to a prison industrial complex and racialized system that dooms them to repeat offenses, prison visits and failure to rise above their circumstances?
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While the Alliance focuses on these supports and interventions from cradle to career, one key recommendation within our larger approach includes offering a second chance to those who have been imprisoned. That will mean providing guidelines to businesses on attracting, hiring and training boys and young men who are at risk of imprisonment or recidivism.