Harris' case perfectly illustrates why the criminal justice system is no place for people with serious mental illness. They belong in the mental health system where they can get treatment, not in jails or prisons where they are likely to suffer and get worse.
As New York City grapples with how to replace Rikers in the name of progressive reform, it’s still not too late to consider building “one-stop shops” like Albany and Dade County.
On June 25th, the Greenburger Center hosted the second program in a three part series called After Rikers. The Flawless Foundation wrote about their experience at the discussion.