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Today's event on mental health and the criminal justice system will be LIVESTREAMED. Click on the link below to watch at 12:00 p.m.:


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The Current State of Institutionalization: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars

Featuring opening remarks by New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray

WNYC reporter Cindy Rodriguez will moderate a panel featuring Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and Dr. Dominic Sisti, authors of the recent commentary “Bring Back the Asylum” in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Francis Greenburger, founder and president of the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice, Robert Bernstein, director of the Bazelon Center, and David Cloud, leader of Vera’s Justice Reform for Healthy Communities initiative.

In partnership with WNYC’s current series “Breaking Point: New York’s Mental Health Crisis,” the Vera Institute of Justice is hosting a panel discussion on what drives the over-representation of people with serious mental illness in courts, jails, and prisons in New York and across the nation; its impact on public health and safety; and the types of reforms to the mental health and justice systems that are needed to address this crisis.

Thursday, February 26
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Justice Reform for Healthy Communities is a year-long initiative of the Vera Institute of Justice that aims to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities most affected by mass incarceration. Guided by a national advisory board comprised of public health and criminal justice policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and advocates, the initiative advances its mission through public education, coalition building, briefings, and publications.

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