Criminal Justice Advocacy

We fight against the criminalization of mental illness and for the humane treatment of people in prison with mental illness.





A Victory in Brad H. v. City of New York

On April 18, 2014, Judge Geoffrey Wright ruled that New York City must continue to comply with the landmark 2003 settlement in which the City agreed to provide services to assist incarcerated individuals with mental illness in transitioning from jail to the community. These services include continued mental health care, medications and prescriptions, substance abuse treatment, case management, Medicaid coverage, public benefits, housing, and transportation. The court granted relief to the Plaintiffs, ordering extended enforcement of the settlement for an additional two years.  The decision also required the City to improve the quality of its services to comply with the settlement.  These improvements include the following: 

  • Requirement to fully staff clinical and non-clinical positions
  • Eliminate the dichotomy between clinical mental health providers and discharge planning service providers
  • Establish a more useful quality assurance system

For more than a decade, the Mental Health Project, with the support of our co-counsel Debevoise & Plimpton and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, has fought for the rights of incarcerated people with mental illness to receive the supports needed to transition from treatment in jail to the community.

For more information on the Brad H. litigation, click here.  To read the decision, click here.