Conversations: The Definition of Insanity, an exploration of the Jail Diversion Project, a novel solution to the criminal mental health crisis.
Washington, DC—On Wednesday, June 24 at 2pm (EDT), The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will host a panel discussion featuring some of the cast of the PBS documentary, The Definition of Insanity. The film chronicles the Miami-Dade Criminal Mental Health Project, one judge’s novel approach to solving the mental health crisis that could be the model to tackle the much larger epidemic in the law enforcement system throughout America.
The Jail Diversion Project comes to life in the documentary, following a team of dedicated public servants working through the courts to steer people with mental illness on a path from incarceration to recovery, as their court cases hang in the balance.
“In continuing our mission to strengthen the relationships between law enforcement and the community, we are very excited to share innovative solutions like this jail diversion project,” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto. “Using their model of leveraging social services could very well provide meaningful guidance to law enforcement roles in today’s society.”
Event participants are encouraged to watch the 55-minute documentary prior to the event on June 24 to fully appreciate the content and viewpoints that will be presented. The virtual event will include:
- Norman Ornstein, Vice President, Matthew Harris Ornstein Memorial Foundation
- Nancy G. La Vigne, Vice President, Justice Policy, Urban Institute
- Alejandro Aristizábal, Felony Diversion Program Manager, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
- Sgt. John Blackerby, City of Miami Police Department
- Habsi Kaba, Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, Miami-Dade County
- Judge Steven Leifman, Associate Administrative Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
- Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney, Miami-Dade County
The event, sponsored by Target, is free to attend and will be live streamed via Zoom. Access to the PBS documentary is available through the event registration page. Registration is required to attend the event: https://lawenforcementmuseum.org/events/the-definition-of-insanity-virtual-film-screening-and-panel-discussion/.
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About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial contains the names of 22,217 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, visit LawMemorial.org. Authorized by Congress in 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience along with educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information on the Law Enforcement Museum, visit LawEnforcementMuseum.org.