The Criminalization of Mental Illness: Crisis and Opportunity for the Justice System, Second Edition 2nd Edition
For a myriad of reasons the criminal justice system has become the de facto mental health?system. This book explores how and why this is the case. Sensationalized cases often drive?criminal justice policies that can sometimes be impulsively enacted and misguided.
?I am so grateful that I have decided on this book and the resources?are amazing.????Joseph C. Marinello, lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, UNC Charlotte (on classroom adoption of second edition)?
?Notorious criminal cases tend to drive public opinion and policy when it comes to how our?criminal justice system deals with persons with mental illnesses. Drs. Slate and Johnson?s?book is a far brighter star to steer by. By most accounts, including the US Department of?Justice, our criminal justice system is in crisis. In The Criminalization of Mental Illness the?authors explain how our justice system has failed persons with mental illnesses, the public?and its own self-interests. But rather than place blame, the authors focus on illuminating?the history and anatomy of the problem and offering real solutions. Because they are based?on careful scholarship, their proposals are authoritative and make sense. But it is their?informed empathy for all the players involved in the tragedy?not just persons with mental?illnesses?that makes this book a must read for anyone involved in the criminal justice?system or simply interested in knowing the truth of how it is broken and can be fixed.? ??Xavier F. Amador, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Columbia University, Author of the National?Best Seller I am Not Sick, I Don?t Need Help! and I?m Right, You?re Wrong, Now What?