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Pennsylvania’s Mental Health Procedures Act of 1976 was designed to protect people experiencing mental health issues from prosecution if they cannot understand the legal system and cannot aid in their own defense.
A six-month investigation by Spotlight PA and the Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism found that the law often traps these people in jails — which can worsen their mental health — and that it has little oversight and is applied inconsistently.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, join Spotlight PA at Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation for a live discussion of mental health in Pennsylvania jails and how the newsrooms reported one woman’s fight for freedom.
RSVP now to reserve your seat; seating is limited. The event will also be livestreamed.
When: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation, 14 Wood St., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222.
Danielle Ohl, justice system reporter, Spotlight PA
Brittany Hailer, director, Pittsburgh Institute for Nonprofit Journalism
Tanisha Long, community organizer, Abolitionist Law Center
Jeremy Northup, psychology professor, Point Park University
Nev Jones, mental health researcher and professor, University of Pittsburgh
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https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2023/08/pennsylvania-mental-health-jails-point-park-event/ A live panel on incarceration and mental health in Pa.