Stein Scholars Participate in Alternatives to Incarceration Event
On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, the Stein Scholars Program sponsored "Alternatives to Incarceration," an event highlighting the importance of alternative approaches to incarceration and their potential benefits, especially for populations with mental health issues or socioeconomic challenges. The speakers were:
Carol Fisler, the Director of Mental Health Court and Alternative-to-Detention Programs at the Center for Court Innovation.
Jim St. German, the founder of Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT), a nonprofit organization that provides mentors to youth involved with or at risk of entering the juvenile justice system.
Both speakers drew on their professional and personal experiences with the justice system. Carol Fisler discussed recent research in mental health courts, and her work with Mayor De Blasio's task force on mental illness in the criminal justice system. Jim St. Germain discussed his personal experiences with the juvenile justice system and how it led him to the work he does today. A lively Q&A session followed.