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CITY COUNCIL PASSES BILL REQUIRING DATA REPORTING ON FORMERLY INCARCERATED NEW YORKERS WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

September 28, 2016

Bill by Council Member Corey Johnson will require the NYC Department of Correction to publicly report on mentally ill inmates discharged from the NYC correction system

City Hall – Today, the New York City Council passed Introduction 1014-A, legislation by Council Member Corey Johnson that requires data reporting by the NYC Department of Correction regarding discharged inmates with mental health issues and their rates of recidivism.

The number of mentally ill inmates in city jails has been steadily rising. The most recent Mayor’s Management Report indicated that over 40% of the DOC’s population has some mental health diagnosis, and that over 11% of inmates have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness.  This  bill  requires  a  yearly  report  on  the  number  of  inmates released to the community who have been repeatedly treated for a mental illness while in DOC  custody,  and  the  number and  percentage  of those  inmates  who  re-enter  DOC custody within 1 year.

“As a compassionate, forward-thinking city, we need to have a comprehensive accounting of individuals in our correctional system with mental health issues,” said Council Member Corey Johnson. “Through data collection, we will be able to measure the scope and severity of recidivism among these individuals, which could have huge implications for crime prevention and mental healthcare throughout New York. This Council has been fully engaged on matters of social justice, and this bill is an important part of that equation. I thank Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for being a leader on criminal justice reform, as well as my co-sponsors on this legislation.”

 

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