- A report released this week by the New York Civil Liberties Union calls on state policymakers to better protect patient privacy in the development of electronic networks.
- After Mayor Bloomberg called last year for new York City youths in the state juvenile justice system to be kept close to home, Governor Cuomo included a measure to make that change in his budget plan for the 2013 fiscal year.
- Ten Percent of American adults report being in recovery from substance abuse or addiction, according to
survey data released this week by the Partnership at Drugfree.org and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).
- Law Professor Michelle Alexander's book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” a best seller since reissued as a paperback in January, is provoking discussion across the nation about the collateral consequences of the "war on drugs."
- More than half of the inmates in Texas' youth prisons need mental health care, according to state criminal justice officials calling for better early intervention.
- Study results released yesterday show that in the areas hardest hit by HIV, the disproportionate affect on black women is even greater than previously thought.
- Even as California's Fresno County has spent millions of dollars increasing jail capacity and officer rolls, no drug treatment or mental-health services has been added.
- In Missouri, one of nine states where a felony drug conviction means a lifetime ban from qualifying for food stamps, a movement is under way to end the ban.
- The director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy joined officials from Kentucky and Florida in calling for better cooperation between states in fighting prescription drug abuse.
- A year since the signing of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, the use of electronic health records among office-based physicians has nearly doubled to 34 percent.