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Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

In the last fifty years, persons with serious mental illnesses have gone from being institutionalized in psychiatric hospitals to being institutionalized in our county jails. The phenomenon has been called the "criminalization of the mentally ill" and has had adverse consequences both for our communities and for those persons with mental illnesses. This foreword discusses one judge's experiences in attempting to rise to the challenge of meeting the needs of persons with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system. The discussion extends to local, state, and national initiatives. These include the Therapeutic Intervention Program Court in Winnebago County, Illinois, and the national Judges' Leadership Initiative for Criminal Justice and Mental Health Issues, the resources and activities of which are available to any judge in the nation.

First Page

477

Last Page

482

Publication Date

7-1-2009

Department

Other

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

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Law Commons

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