Disentangling Mental Health from the Criminal Justice System

Founded by the David & Laura Merage Foundation in 2013, Equitas ensures that law enforcement and the justice system are fully informed, empowered, and engaged to proactively support and care for people with mental illnesses rather than funneling them into the criminal justice system. Equitas’ vision is to cultivate a shared commitment to prioritize personal liberty and human potential over punishment and confinement.

Equitas Course Corrections 

Equitas engages top-level leaders from within the justice system and mental health arenas to convene as a joint coalition for the promotion of fairness and compassion for individuals with mental illness. We believe that informed discussions will forge progress toward proactive case management and treatment, rather than using jails and prisons as mental health facilities.