Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and I will both be on this roundtable this month. Note that it is not to be adversarial. I've heard that he's somewhat understanding of the struggles of people with mental illness, so perhaps we will find places where we agree.
For more in the criminalization and incarceration of the mentally ill in Arizona, see this post on Shannon Palmer.
Also see this report from the National Sheriff's Association and the Treatment Advocacy Center: for every one person with a mental illness we hospitalize in Arizona, we put almost ten behind bars. There's something really wrong with that.
Shannon Len Palmer, 40. Homicide victim: ASPC-Lewis (September 2010)Sentenced to three years in prison by Maricopa Superior Court Judge Connie Contes
for climbing a utility tower in a thunderstorm to be closer to God...
Incarceration of the Mentally Ill:
Punitive or Restorative Justice?
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
5:30-7:30pmGregory Sales exhibit: "It's Not Just Black and White"ASU Art Museum
10th St and Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
Sponsored by David's Hope
and the Arizona Mental Health and Criminal Justice Coalition
"Please join us in this non-adversarial forum for a mediated discussion of the care and treatment of those with mental illness as their lives intersect with the criminal justice system. The goal is to bring together individuals with diverse perspectives and experiences, from the advocates for increasing rehabilitation for mentally ill offenders to those who feel the criminal justice system in place in Arizona is working well..."
For more information, Contact May Lou Brncik at David's Hope
Visitors using ASU museum parking spaces must sign in at the front desk in the lobby of the Nelson Fine Arts Center.
David's Hope is an education and advocacy agency designed to provide people living with mental illness, and all those involved in their care, the skills and knowledge needed to navigate the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. David’s Hope teaches people how to advocate for themselves and others by empowering them with information, training, resources, and mentoring. Through education and mentoring we hope to create understanding in the community of the issues facing those living with mental illness involved in the Criminal Justice System.
"The mission of David’s Hope is to increase collaboration between the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems, to promote restoration and provide support for the mental health needs of those within the Criminal Justice system.”