1 Feb 2023

The Madison, Wisconsin Community Alternative Response for Emergency Services (or CARES) program answered over half of the city’s mental health calls in 2022. This totaled 935 calls within their first year of operation, and “only 3% of CARES calls resulted in transfers to MPD officers, who, by state law, are the only people who can engage in emergency detentions.” Imagine how many people will be helped by this program instead of hurt during a crisis. Read more here.

18 Jan 2023

Individuals with mental health issues are often mistreated during a crisis. They may be put into the back of a police car and transported to mental health facilities across the state. Wisconsinites are standing up to this challenging situation and petitioning for various solutions, such as regional crisis centers and psychiatric emergency rooms. Learn more here.

5 Jan 2023

Federal Judiciary Grows More Diverse

On behalf of Jasti & Khandhar   |   Criminal Justice System

The federal judiciary has grown visibly more diverse during the first two years of the Biden administration. Of the 97 federal judges confirmed during his term, 74 are women. This includes the first woman of color to serve on the 5th Circuit appeals court as well as the first black woman to serve on the 7th Circuit Appeals Court from Indiana. Learn more here.

3 Jan 2023

The Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act of 2022 is on its way to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. The passage of this act represents a significant victory for the incarcerated, their loved ones, and our society at large. The average cost of a 30-minute prison phone call is $5, placing a severe burden on the incarcerated and their loved ones. Maintaining regular contact behind bars has been shown to reduce recidivism, so reducing the costs of these calls is about far more than dollars and cents.

Read more here.