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By watching this video on mass incarceration and SHARING it with your social media community, you can raise awareness about an important, but often misunderstood, issue.
Share the link to the video, created by Prison Policy Initiative, by cutting and pasting the URL on your favorite social media platform.
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Ask your legislators to support funding for community based programs that reduce the overuse of jails and prisons. Ask them to fund local treatment and housing resources, treatment courts, and programs that divert at arrest.
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The Stepping Up Initiative is a national effort to reduce the number of individuals with mental illness in jails. Twenty five North Carolina Counties have already signed resolutions to become part of the Stepping Up Initiative and formed local teams to examine key points of intervention where they might be able to reduce the number of persons with mental illness in jail. CLICK HERE to read about how your community can engage in the Stepping Up Initiative.
The following North Carolina Counties have signed Stepping Up resolutions and are in the process of reviewing their jails and community resources to find better options for persons with mental illness: Alamance, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Camden, Catawba, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Macon, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Orange, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Rockingham, Scotland, Vance, Wake and Wayne.