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Advocacy Spotlight: State Legislation Related to Criminalization
In the spring and summer of 2008, NAMI National sent a survey to the executive directors of our state organizations and large affiliates asking them to provide information regarding important legislation that passed in their states in the last 5 years. A total of 24 individuals responded to our survey. We are deeply grateful for the busy NAMI state and local executives who took time to share this information with their colleagues.
Below are responses relevant to the criminal justice system. We provide a summary and link to each in the hopes that this will provide some ideas for proactive legislation to improve the condition of people with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system.
Adapted from NAMI’s Statehouse Spotlight e-newsletter. Information about state legislation in other areas of interest is available here.