Issue: Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act
The legislation may place additional responsibilities on courts.
Courts are uniquely positioned to identify this crime and help victims. Work to improve education/training among courts and other stakeholders (CCJ/COSCA Resolution 16 M 12)
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The legislation includes funding for mental health courts and diversion programs.
Court leaders have supported federal funding to assist the states to effectively address offenders with mental-illness. Most recently, the Conference of State Court Administrators adopted a resolution in support of reauthorization of MIOTCRA. (COSCA Resolution 12-M-5 and CCJ Resolution 13-M-7)
The proposed legislation would establish a private, nonprofit corporation, the National Center for the Right to Counsel, to supplement state and local resources for legal assistance to indigent defendants in criminal cases.
State court leaders urge Congress to enact legislation, such as H.R. 3407, to assist state and local governments to comply with the constitutional right to counsel for indigent criminal defendants (CCJ/COSCA Resolution 14-A-2)