By GINGER LERNER-WREN,Rebecca A. Eckland
As a tender legal professional, pass judgement on Ginger Lerner-Wren bore witness to the implications of an underdeveloped psychological future health care infrastructure. not able to do greater than supply counsel, she watched households being torn aside as consumer after purchaser used to be ensnared within the felony justice process for crimes devoted because of dependancy, homelessness, and critical psychological disease. She quickly realized that this was once no longer an remoted issue--The remedy Advocacy middle estimates that during forty four states, jails and prisons apartment ten instances as many folks with critical psychological health problems than country psychiatric hospitals.
In psychological healthiness Courts, pass judgement on Lerner-Wren tells the tale of the way the court docket grew from an offshoot of her legal department held in the course of lunch hour with no the help of any federal investment, to a progressive establishment that has effectively diverted greater than 17,000 individuals with severe psychological affliction from prison and into remedy amenities and different neighborhood assets. operating lower than the theoretical framework of healing jurisprudence, pass judgement on Wren and her becoming community of fierce, decided advocates, households, and supporters sparked a countrywide move of utilizing courts as a spot of healing.
Poignant and sharp, Lerner-Wren demonstrates that even though psychological overall healthiness courts provide a few aid in underserved groups, they could in simple terms function a unmarried piece of a brand new specialize in the significant overhaul of the rules that received us right here. Lerner-Wren crafts a clean hazard for a destiny the place our criminal procedure and psychological overall healthiness infrastructure paintings in step to decriminalize instead of stigmatize.
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The tale of America's first psychological healthiness court docket as informed via its presiding pass judgement on, pass judgement on Ginger Lerner-Wren--from its inception in 1997 to its implementation in over 250 courts around the nationAs a tender attorney, pass judgement on Ginger Lerner-Wren bore witness to the implications of an underdeveloped psychological future health care infrastructure.
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A Court of Refuge: Stories from the Bench of America's First Mental Health Court by GINGER LERNER-WREN,Rebecca A. Eckland