A Court of Their Own for the Mentally Ill

March 20, 2018
Hosted by Dr. Carole Lieberman

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Ever since state mental hospitals have been shut down, many mentally ill have ended up on our streets and then in jails and prisons. Indeed, approximately one-third of our nation's inmates are mentally ill, and getting little to no treatment while incarcerated. But today's guest, Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, author of Court of Refuge: Stories from the Bench of America's First Mental Health Court, has begun to change this and make it a more compassionate system. Judge Lerner-Wren tells the story of the court's growth from an offshoot of her criminal division to a court that has successfully diverted more than 20,000 people with serious mental illness from jail and into treatment facilities and other community resources. When the mentally ill are put into jails and prisons instead of into treatment, it starts them down the wrong path and more tragedy unfolds. Judge Lerner-Wren's model has been replicated, but many more such courts need to exist.

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Dr. Carole Lieberman

Dr. Carole Lieberman

Dr. Carole Lieberman is the psychiatrist the world trusts for help coping with today's times. She is also the preeminent authority on the psychology of show biz and the psychological influence of media. A multiple Emmy award-winner, Dr. Lieberman has spent over a decade analyzing the psychological impact of world events, as a guest and host on all major media outlets. She has appeared on "Oprah", CNN, “Entertainment Tonight, “Good Morning America”, "The Today Show", “The O’Reilly Factor”, Court TV, the BBC, and numerous other high profile shows. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including those from the Writers Guild of America, City of Los Angeles and the Film Advisory Board. Dr. Carole's latest book, Coping with Terrorism: Dreams Interrupted, a psychological survival guide, has recently been released. She maintains a star-studded practice in Beverly Hills and is listed in numerous Who’s Who directories.

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