Final Project/Capstone: Examining And Responding To Gaps Existing In The Treatment Of Mentally Ill Offenders/Inmates In Harris County Research question/sta
Final Project/Capstone: Examining And Responding To Gaps Existing In The Treatment Of Mentally Ill Offenders/Inmates In Harris County Research question/statement of the problem:
What gaps exist among resources provided to prisoners with mental health disorders in Harris County? This project aims to Identify these gaps and provide effective/productive resources for prisoners in Harris County. For this project, an examination of prisoner mental health programs nationwide will be conducted specific to effective reentry services. Further, this project will explore a new program in Harris County. The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD in conjunction with Pre-Trial Services (PTS) recently began (June 11, 2021) a new program at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to identify prisoners with mental health markers and are eligible for General Order Bonds (GOB). Identified prisoners will be provided with resources upon release to increase their likelihood of success. One of the goals of this program is to connect prisoners with mental health disorders to available resources in the community to prevent the ongoing cycle of recidivism caused by various issues (e.g. missed court appearances, transportation issues, homelessness, lack of medication). While this project does not aim to evaluate this program, it will be compared with other programs nationwide on which research or other information exists in the literature.
Description of proposed method (i.e. policy analysis, literature review, program development, etc.): *
An examination of the literature will be undertaken to better understand the issues faced by mentally ill offenders upon release. Policies and programs nationwide will be examined as well as existing research on these programs. A new program in Harris County will be compared to existing programs nationwide. Information on this new program/collaboration will be collected, reviewed, and compared to existing literature on programs that have been found to be effective in decreasing recidivism among mentally ill offenders upon release from detention. CJ 6301: CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROJECT
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COURSE DESCRIPTION & PRE-REQUISITES:
Prerequisite(s): Completion of core courses, 30 hours of coursework, and consent of Graduate Director.
3 credit hours.
Under the direction of a faculty project advisor and guided by a project committee, the student will design a project to address a criminal justice agency problem or criminal justice system issue. Project requirements include a written document and formal presentation before a project committee. Students continuously enroll until the final project is approved by the project committee.
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UHD IT support center
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ACCESSIBILITY AND STATEMENT OF REASONABLE ACCOMODATIONS
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student population. Accordingly, UHD strives to provide reasonable academic accommodations to students who request and are eligible, as specified by Section 504 and ADA guidelines. Students with disabilities may work with the Office of Disability Services to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in this course, including official accommodations. If you have a disability, or think you may have a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services, to begin this conversation or request an official accommodation. Office of Disability Services, One Main St., Suite GSB 314, Houston, TX 77002. (Office Phone) 713-221-5078 (Website) www.uhd.edu/disability/ (Email) firstname.lastname@example.org
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To maximize your success in online courses at UHD, you should have access to a desktop or laptop computer running an up-to-date Windows or macOS operating system, using the latest Firefox or Chrome browsers. A built-in or add-on webcam is also often required in certain courses where multimedia tools (Zoom, VoiceThread, etc.) and/or exam proctoring tools (Lockdown Browser, Monitor, etc.) are used. Chromebooks and some other tablets are not compatible with test proctoring tools such as ProctorU or Lockdown Browser. While the Blackboard App (e.g., on your phone) can be helpful for some course features, UHD recommends that you do not use it for working on or submitting graded activities.
To avoid being disconnected at critical moments, we encourage you to access courses, in particular exams, on a computer that is hardwired to the Internet router (via Ethernet using a Cat 5 or Cat 6 cable) as opposed to depending on Wi-Fi whenever possible. Additionally, certain courses may require additional software downloads and installs, so you may need a machine with permission to do that. For more information on taking Blackboard tests, see
. If you are experiencing challenges with technology, please communicate with your instructor in a timely manner and seek help from our
UHD IT Support
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A GRADE OF “INCOMPLETE”:
Please see the UHD Student Handbook for an explanation of when a grade of Incomplete is appropriate.
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All students are subject to the university-wide policies set forth in the UHD Catalog, the Student Handbook, and the UHD website, available at https://www.uhd.edu/policies/pages/policies-index.aspx