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LA CROSSE, Wis. — When my daughter, Carri Leigh Goodwin, joined the Marine Corps in July 2007, she was a shy, quiet 18-year-old who loved reading and writing poetry. She joined the Marines to make me proud — I’m a former Marine — and to her surprise, she turned out to be good with a gun.

She came home in February 2009 and was a ticking time bomb. The bomb went off after five days, when she died of acute alcohol poisoning on a freezing Ohio night.

“For every single day we wait, we risk — and are — damaging the people who are sitting in those cells. How can we continue to put people’s humanity on hold?” - MHP Safe Reentry Advocate, Johnny Perez

“The science on this issue has not changed, and neither should the board’s commitment to rules passed in January 2015.” said Jennifer Parish, director of criminal justice advocacy at the Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project. “This board must not allow young people to be scarred by isolation, neglect and brutality.”

"In continuing to grant the department extensions, variance after variance in excluding young adults from solitary confinement, the board must remember that individual lives are affected by the choices it makes,"Jennifer Parish, MHP Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy said.

“This is not a black or white, Republican or Democratic issue,” MHP Safe Re-entry Advocate, Johnny Perez said. “This is a human issue. It’s a moral issue.”

"I don't know if it's becoming more violent or not, and I don't know who is responsible for that. I don't think the solution is locking people up for 23 or 24 hours a day," said Jennifer Parish, MHP Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy.

Voice of America today published a detailed article on the future of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program.

After an amendment to include additional visas in the National Defense Authorization Act was blocked on the Senate floor, the defense bill passed without any mention of the program, leaving thousands of Afghan allies in limbo.

MHP was recognized by New York State Senator Jesse E. Hamilton at the inaugural Reflection of Hop Awards. MHP received the Program Innovation Award, which is granted to organizations who serve in the best interests and well-being of New Yorkers; and enforces the rights of low-income New Yorkers with Mental Illness.

An article published today on PRI quotes Betsy Fisher, IRAP’s Policy Director, on the United States’ efforts to meet its goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year. The White House today released updated figures on the number of Syrians it has resettled so far. With only 1,285 Syrians resettled six months into the year, the United States is well behind its goal.

“The increase this month is a move in the right direction, but having met 13 percent of our goal, we are concerned that it will be very challenging to meet the 10,000 goal,” said Fisher.

This afternoon, The Daily Caller cited IRAP in an article drawing attention to the current mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which risks leaving stranded thousands of deserving Afghans who assisted the U.S. mission during the war. The mark-up severely restricts interpreter eligibility and does not provide for much-needed additional visas, explained Betsy Fisher, IRAP’s Policy Director, to The Daily Caller.