In a move welcomed by the JusticeLA coalition, the Office of Diversion and Reentry (ODR) will be releasing a report detailing how nearly 3,000 prisoners with mental health concerns locked up in LA county jails can be released to community-based mental health resources. Mental health diversion and decentralized, community-based mental health care have long been demands of communities that have opposed new jail construction, and ODR’s latest study affirms that neither a new jail nor an enormous jail-like “mental health treatment center” is necessary or desirable.
By laying a path for releasing thousands of prisoners with mental health concerns, the Office of Diversion and Reentry has now released a bold vision for decarceration and mental health treatment that echoes what communities opposed to jail construction dared to imagine over a decade ago.
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