From the jailhouse to capitol hill: Impacting mental health court legislation and defining what constitutes a mental health court

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Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
This article examines congressional testimony preceding the passage of legislation authorizing federal funds for mental health courts and makes the case for the importance of anecdotal evidence in the process. The magnitude of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system is considered, as well as factors that have led to the criminalization of this population. The concept of therapeutic jurisprudence is discussed, and commonalities in the emergence of mental health courts and methods of supervision are examined. Areas of concern are addressed, and mental health courts are advocated as a commonsense approach to diverting persons with mental illness from the criminal justice system and ensuring linkages to treatment.
Federal government, Mental health, Therapeutic jurisprudence, Criminology
Slate, R. N. (2003). From the Jailhouse to Capitol Hill: Impacting Mental Health Court Legislation and Defining What Constitutes a Mental Health Court. Crime and Delinquency, 49(1), 6–29.