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Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration: From Mental Illness to Public Wellness
April 16, 2021 @ 8:45 am – 11:45 am
Jails and prisons have become de facto psychiatric holding facilities, with as many as half of incarcerated individuals dealing with mental illness. Join us on April 16 as reporter and author Alisa Roth provides insight into the crisis and its relationship to mass incarceration.
UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING TO MASS INCARCERATION (URMI) 2021 SERIES, SESSION 1: ALISA ROTH
This four-part series will address the criminalization of those with mental health disorders and where we need to direct our organizing and activism. In the first session of the series, author Alisa Roth will provide an in-depth look at her investigation into this urgent yet largely hidden crisis. Ms. Roth will give an inside view of the crisis as it has played out across the country, show how it relates to the broader phenomenon of mass incarceration, and outline her thoughts on promising reform strategies.
Following her talk, we will gather in circle discussions to address plans for action.
This virtual Zoom event is free and open to the public. We look forward to community participation! Register at https://minnstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYod–urDkqGdxjYnP7L7o3Fki_X3mziFIv
ABOUT ALISA ROTH:
Journalist Alisa Roth is the author of “Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness,” an investigation into the crisis of mental illness in the US criminal justice system. A former staff reporter at Marketplace, Roth’s work has also appeared on NPR, and in The New York Times and New York Review of Books.
As a 2014-2015 Soros Justice Fellow, Alisa spent a year investigating the growing role of jails and prisons as our de facto mental healthcare system. She has visited the country’s three largest psychiatric care providers, Rikers Island in New York City, the Cook County Jail in Chicago, and the Los Angeles County Jail in LA, and her research has included dozens of interviews with prisoners and their families, psychiatrists, lawyers, wardens, corrections officers and others.
Therissa Libby, PhD, she/her
Associate Professor and Graduate Programs Director
MS in Alcohol and Drug Recovery Counseling
MS in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling
Metropolitan State University (On Historical Lands of the Dahkóta People)
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The URMI 2021 Series: From Mental Illness to Public Wellness is hosted by Metropolitan State University’s School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Human Services Department, and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship.
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