Judges Called 'Last Line of Defense' for Mentally Ill in Justice System
Date:  05-17-2018

Forty percent of those with mental illness come in contact with criminal justice system, studies show
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When police and prosecutors are unable to act, judges must be the “last line of defense” for mentally troubled individuals who run afoul of the law.

That was one of the conclusions at a conference of leading prosecutors and jurists at New York University’s School of Law examining the plight of the seriously mentally ill who are trapped in the justice system.

The use of jails and prisons as frontline treatment facilities for individuals with serious mental illness—for lack of adequate alternatives—is a “horrible American tragedy,” Judge Steven Leifman of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida said. Continue reading >>>