Staten Island DA McMahon to Join Dec 5th NYC DA Forum to Discuss Diverting People with Serious Mental Illness
THE MASS INCARCERATION OF PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS:
Closing in on Closing Rikers
A Conversation with District Attorneys about what they are Doing to Divert People with Serious Mental Illness from theCriminal Justice System
The Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice,
Metro Industrial Areas Foundation
The New York Daily News
December 5, 2017
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Hosted by Metro IAF Member:
Town & Village Synagogue
334 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
The forum will feature Bronx DA Darcel Clark, Manhattan DA Cryus Vance, Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and Staten Island DA Michael McMahon and will include a moderated discussion with NY Daily News Editorial Board Member Alyssa Katz and Greenburger Center Executive Director Cheryl Roberts.
Policies driving mass incarceration, including the de-institutionalization of those with serious mental illness, have resulted in the incarceration of millions of people suffering from mental illness, substance use disorders and homelessness. Plans to reduce mass incarceration and shrink jails and prisons must address this often high needs population. As New York City embarks on a path to close Rikers and reform its criminal justice system, this forum will focus on the key role of the District Attorney in the diversion process. The speakers will discuss what they are doing to divert this population, how their efforts can help to close Rikers and what resources and programs they still need to ensure that people whose mental illness leads to anti social behaviors are able to receive treatment instead of only punishment.