Changing the Criminal Injustice System, Part 3: The ‘Other’ Prison Population

The Socially Responsible Practitioner

Cook County (Ill.) Sheriff Tom Dart–who oversees the largest single-site jail in the United States–announced August 6 that his office is establishing an Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy, as well as a 24-hour mental health hotline for Cook County detainees and their families. Dart has been an outspoken voice on systemic mental health and justice reform; the Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice has worked with his office and others to implement a number of new approaches within the Cook County system. Below is part three and the final installment of an article about those initiatives that was published in our summer 2012 magazine Gemeinschaftsgefühl.

Avery Hart, M.D., is chief medical officer for Cermak Health Services, the healthcare provider for the approximately 10,000 detainees housed daily at the Cook County Department of Corrections and the Department of Community Supervision and Intervention—commonly known as Cook County Jail. Last year, he…

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