The Criminalization of Persons With Mental Illness: Time for a New Welcoming

August 18, 2014 5:53 PM

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The Criminalization of Persons With Mental Illness: Time for a New Welcoming

Several years ago I received a call from friend, colleague and NSU Forensic Psychology Professor Lenore E. Walker. Lenore, best known as the mother of the Battered Woman Syndrome and theories behind the Cycle of Violence, asked if I would develop an inter-disciplinary course for a new graduate program (e.g., law, psychology and criminal justice). The topic: mental health courts, therapeutic justice and applied behavioral health strategies. "Of course," I replied. As new proposals for curriculum certifications go, it would take many months for approval. By the time the program was ready, I was not. In the interim, a new policy rush to explore the causation and perpetuation of mass incarceration in America had begun. Clearly the scope of the course needed to be expanded. This will serve as the first example of a welcoming.

Coming from a mental health perspective, my view of the enormity and urgency of the problem of mass incarceration in America can be likened to a dual disorder. Meaning, one simply cannot talk about fixing mass incarceration without an authentic policy strategy to respond to the inappropriate crimina...

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