Q&A: The Evolution of the Missouri Department of Corrections

By Audrey Arthur
Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) Director George Lombardi began his career in corrections in 1972 as an intern working toward his master’s degree in psychology. Having the option of either serving his internship at the state hospital or the Missouri State Penitentiary, Lombardi chose to begin his career with the MDOC with no knowledge of the industry or the great waves of evolution he would witness in the span of his career.

Indiana to Consolidate Mental Health Care

By Audrey Arthur
In response to a federal judge ruling stating that the treatment of inmates with mental illnesses in Indiana prisons was cruel and unusual punishment, the Indiana Department of Corrections is planning to centralize all inmates with a mental illness into one facility.

Texas Bill Aims to Divert Inmates with Mental Illnesses

The Texas House of Representatives and Senate have approved a pilot program that would provide inmates with mental illnesses with additional resources in social, clinical, housing and welfare services in the first weeks after release.

Brown Given Stern Deadline to Fix Overcrowding

California Governor Jerry Brown has been given 21 days to reduce the number of inmates from the state’s 33 correctional facilities or will be held in contempt, according to federal judges.

Lonestar State Set to Increase Inmate Mental Health Services

Texas is making efforts to increase mental health care services in order to address the rising number of nonviolent inmates with mental illnesses and reduce recidivism of those inmates.