What Inspired the Creation of the Jail Diversion Program and Criminal Mental Health Program?

After being asked the question “How did you get the idea to connect people with mental illness and your work in the criminal justice system?” Judge Leifman describes the case that initially inspired him to create the JDP and MHP – A Harvard educated psychiatrist who had a late onset of Schizophrenia who ended up homeless and recycling through the criminal justice system.

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