New Center Seeks To Establish Better Mental Health Treatment For US Convicts

In “The Appraisal,” the New York Times (10/7, A27, Chaban, Subscription Publication) reports that the Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice seeks “to cut the United States incarceration rate of 2.3 million in half over the next decade.”

While this will involve “advocacy campaigns and lobbying, including for sentencing reforms and the decriminalization of drugs,” it will focus primarily on “the establishment of better mental health treatment for inmates in the United States,” starting with a 25-bed center to help people with convictions who also have mental illnesses.

Founder Francis J. Greenburger, a New York developer, has a son with mental illness who is now serving a five-year prison sentence for arson.

Related Links:

— “From a Father’s Anguish Comes a Plan to Help Mentally Ill Inmates,” Matt A. V. Chaban, New York Times, October 6, 2014.

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