Host Karen James interviews Bob Joondeph, Executive Director, Disability Rights Oregon. DRO is an organization that helps people with disability-related legal issues and also monitors Oregon’s jails and prisons. Bob Joondeph discusses DRO’s proposed legislation for the 2017 Oregon session that will help people with mental illness who become entangled with the criminal justice system:
1) Pre-booking determination by police who encounter persons experiencing mental health crisis.
2) Sets a deadline to complete an evaluation for a person who has been incarcerated and is experiencing a mental health crisis.
3) Gives the judge options for community-based treatment of people who are found to be unable to aid and assist in their own defense.
Disability Rights Oregon https://droregon.org/