Criminal Justice And Mental Health

A proposed House bill would bar the death penalty in cases where the convicted can prove he or she suffered from serious mental illness while committing the murder.

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The proposal comes from a growing understanding about the role of mental illness in crime.

Today on All Sides, the intersection of mental health and criminal justice, and how some Ohioans are working to move people who are mentally ill from prison and into treatment.

Guests:

  • David LelandOhio Representative for District 22, co-sponsor of House Bill 136 and the ranking member on the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee
  • Evelyn Lundberg StrattonFormer Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Project Director for Ohio Stepping Up Initiative
  • Michael WoodyCIT Coordinator for Ohio, former CIT international president, law enforcement liaison for the Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence, credited with starting first CIT program in Ohio