Benjamin Wilkinson teaches yoga classes to Lane County Jail inmates. The inmates all live in a housing unit reserved for individuals with wide-ranging mental health challenges. Every Tuesday, nearly two dozen detainees shamble out of their single cells into the unit dayroom in quest of improved mindfulness and physical health under Wilkinson’s tutelage.
Salem — Prosecutors from sixteen Oregon counties gathered on May 30 to learn and discuss changing laws and issues around the intersection between mental health and criminal justice. It was the first forum of its kind in the state.