Type of Work
This publication is two-fold: an executive summary and the report itself. The executive summary provides a general overview of the larger report, on the criminalization of the mentally ill. It begins by summarizing three case studies from the report that concern the intersection of mental health issues and the criminal justice system in Oneida County in New York State. It then provides a brief historical overview of mental health issues and the criminal justice system before going on to discuss the current best practices in addressing the criminalization of the mentally ill, including law-enforcement mechanisms, mental health courts, and reintegration programs. Next, the paper identifies the shortcomings of these practices and the lack of organizational and financial capacity that hobbles concerned stakeholders from effectively tackling the issue. The paper concludes by proposing a general program for immediate action on local and national scales.
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Levitt Public Affairs Center