Mental Illness and the Criminally Accused

June 30, 2021 • 12:30 PM • Virtual

The Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law is hosting a roundtable discussion about people with mental illnesses who are criminally accused and found incompetent to proceed in the criminal legal system; how competency restoration poses a challenge and costly management problem for state mental health and criminal legal systems; alternative pathways to community reentry for this population; the ethical-legal aspects; how mental health authorities and policymakers in different states are (or aren't) dealing with it, and what should be done. Panelists are Dr. Reena Kapoor, from Yale School of Medicine; Dr. Debra Pinals, from University of Michigan Law and Medicine; Larry Fitch, from University of Maryland Medical School; and Dr. William Fisher, who works with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Dr. Jeffrey Swanson from Duke School of Medicine will moderate. Registration is required, Sponsored by the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. For more information, contact Marlyn Dail at