Hamline Events

Criminalization of Mental Illness

Date: April 26, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Cost: Hamline and low-income: Free; Suggested donation: $50 for full-day; CLE/CEU credit: $100 for full-day
Contact: cjl@hamline.edu
Location: Anderson Center 111-112
Sponsor: Center for Justice and Law
Save the Date: Add to Google Calendar


The largest mental health treatment facility in Minnesota is the Hennepin County Jail. Crisis calls to police are on the rise across the state and mental illness is overwhelming the justice system. Join us for a full-day conference on Friday, April 26th to understand the complexity of the criminalization of mental illness and to generate solutions. Sessions by experts in the field will cover mental illness in policing, criminal court, jail and prison, and community corrections.

The event takes place at the Anderson Center at Hamline University, on the corner of Snelling and Englewood. A catered lunch is included in the registration cost.


8:00 - 8:30: Registration
8:30 - 9:00: Overview of the problem by Dr. Jillian Peterson
9:00 - 10:15: Policing mental illness
10:15-10:30: Break
10:30-11:45: Mental illness in the courts
11:45-12:00: Break
12:00-1:00: Lunch and Keynote address by Alisa Roth
1:00 - 1:15: Break
1:15 - 2:30: Mental illness in jails and prisons
2:30 - 2:45: Break
2:45 - 4:00: Mental illness in community corrections

Keynote Speaker:

Alisa Roth, recently jointed MPR News this fall as the newsroom’s first reporter dedicated to covering the topic of mental health as part of Call to Mind, American Public Media’s mental health initiative.

Roth is the author of Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness, an urgent exposé of the mental health crisis in our courts, jails, and prisons.. Roth, a former reporter for Marketplace, has also written for The New York Times and The New York Review of Books. A former Fulbright Scholar, she also has reported for NPR and The World.

Sign Up


Hamline and low-income Free
Suggested donation $50 for full-day
CLE/CEU credit $100 for full-day

Continuing Education Credit

Applications have been approved for 6.5 hours of CLE/CEU credits from the following boards:
Minnesota Board of Social Work
Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education
Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training
If you need continuing education credit from another board, please contact cjl@hamline.edu.

Applications have also bee submitted to the following boards: 
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health
Minnesota Board if Psychology
Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

To sign up for our mailing list and receive event updates, email the Center for Justice and Law at cjl@hamline.edu.

Is your organization interested in sponsoring the Criminalization of Mental Illness conference? Contact Director Jillian Peterson at cjl@hamline.edu for information about sponsorship and display tables.