Discussion on criminalization of the mentally ill

01/15/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon,

Welcome to WMNF’s Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Thanks to Mitch Perry for filling in for me while I was away. Our guest today is Florida Southern College Professor Risdon Slate who has co-written a new book with Wesley Johnson called The Criminalization of Mental Illness in Florida.

According to our guest: "In 1955, there were over 559,000 residents in state (mental) hospitals in the United States. Today there are less than 60,000 residents…… Where has some of this shift been going? The largest in-patient psychiatric facility in the United States is said to be the Los Angeles county jail.”

Risdon Slate, welcome to WMNF….

Florida Southern College’s Center for Florida History welcomes Dr. Risdon N. Slate of Florida Southern College, and Dr. W. Wesley Johnson of the University of Southern Mississippi, to the Florida Lecture Series on Thursday, Jan. 22. The co-authors will discuss their book, The Criminalization of Mental Illness in Florida: Crisis and Opportunity for the Justice System. The Robert and Rose Stahl Criminal Justice Lecture will start at 7 p.m. in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room of the Thad Buckner Building on the FSC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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