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Integration For All: The Criminalization of Mental Illness
October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
In Rhode Island, 15% to 20% of inmates have serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, brief psychotic disorder, and substance use disorder. Mental illness itself is not predictive of criminal behavior. In fact, it increases the likelihood of being victimized. Many of the 400 to 530 inmates with mental illness at the ACI lack permanent housing and support options and were left to live on the streets. Untreated, symptoms of mental illness led them into the criminal justice system. Most are incarcerated for minor offenses or probation violations like missing an appointment. The ACI is now Rhode Island’s largest “psychiatric institution,” and we all pay the price.
- Dr. Christine Montross, Local Psychiatrist and author of the book, “Waiting for an Echo: The Madness of American Incarceration”
- Megan Clingham, Office of the Mental Health Advocate
- Sarah Martino, Lifespan’s Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights
- Nick Horton, Open Doors RI
- Brenda McClain, Open Doors RI
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