One out of every four inmates in Colorado prisons is mentally ill. In Arapahoe County, efforts are underway to change that. From Colorado Public News, Ann Imse reports that a one-year-old mental health court is having remarkable results keeping chronic criminals out of prison.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Photo Caption: Barbara, left, a defendant in the Arapahoe County Mental Health court, consults with Magistrate Laura Findorff, right, and Gina Shimeall, court coordinator. An 11-time convicted felon, Barbara has made significant progress halting her criminal behavior and addictions, and credits the counseling, therapy and structure she receives from the problem-solving court. (Photo by Mike McPhee, Colorado Public News)

 

Comments are closed.

News

ABC via Getty Images
February 7, 2016 | NPR · “I would pay for them to keep running that clip, because that’s what I believe passionately,” Rubio said of a much-aired video excerpt if him repeating a line at Saturday’s debate.
 

Via YouTube
February 7, 2016 | NPR · The singer’s new music video quickly drew commentary of all kinds — on its references to being black in America, Hurricane Katrina and Black Lives Matter.
 

AFP/Getty Images
February 7, 2016 | NPR · The lifting of sanctions allows Boeing to sell planes to Iran. But Iran, which still flies Boeing planes bought before the 1979 revolution, just announced a major deal with Airbus.
 

Arts & Life

Getty Images
February 7, 2016 | NPR · According to Adam Grant, a person’s preferred browser is one way to tell whether they accept or reject the defaults in their life. His new book is called Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.
 

February 7, 2016 | NPR · Translated from Giambattista Basile’s 17th century stories, Tale of Tales — known as the world’s first collection of fairy tales — traverses through 50 fantastical adventures.
 

WireImage
February 6, 2016 | NPR · Game of Thrones may have killed off many major characters, but the manipulative, scheming Queen Cersei is still standing. We’ve invited Headey to play a game called “You win and you die.”
 

Music

Via YouTube
February 7, 2016 | NPR · The singer’s new music video quickly drew commentary of all kinds — on its references to being black in America, Hurricane Katrina and Black Lives Matter.
 

Courtesy of the artist
February 7, 2016 | NPR · “Let your mind and body rest so it can heal.” That’s the mantra that inspired the Norwegian artist on her latest album, When I’m Free.
 

February 7, 2016 | NPR · When Coldplay and Beyoncé released the music video for their new song, they were immediately accused of cultural appropriation. What does that mean? And how pervasive is it in the music industry?
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab