We kick off our legal focus with a roundup of the latest legal cases involving, and perhaps entangling, the corrections world. From discrimination to marijuana possession, the legal briefs and new laws have been varied and plenty.
Jim, Corrections.com editor
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By Ann Coppola
Reviewing legal ramblings
There has been much moving and shaking in the corrections legal world during the last few months. Several new or enhanced laws concerning mentally ill offenders, drug treatment requirements, victims’ rights, parole hearings, discrimination claims, and sentencing reform are now officially on the books.
At the end of September, the U.S. House of Representatives renewed the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA) for an additional five years and $50 million of funds per year. Since 2004, MIOTCRA grants have helped non-violent, mentally ill offenders avoid jail and instead attend supervised treatment programs. The newly expanded law will also direct grants to improve intake and processing centers so staff can better assess individuals in custody for mental health and substance abuse treatment needs.
Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts was a driving force behind extending the life of the bill. Read this week's full story.
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