Mobile App Click here to download our Mobile App for iOS or Android
Not a member? Sign up for free!

Innovations In The Criminal Justice System For Individuals With Mental Illness

Webinar | September 28, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET
You must be logged in to register for PsychU events. Log In

Not a member? Sign up for free!

Join us as we continue our efforts towards improving the future of mental health care through information, discussion, and collaboration.
Sign up today for instant access to all PsychU offerings. Membership is free!

Join PsychU


Virtual Forum: Innovations In The Criminal Justice System For Individuals With Mental Illness

Location: Online Via

A 2014 study by the Treatment Advocacy Center* states that the number of mentally ill individuals in prisons and jails continues to climb, as does the severity of the inmates' illnesses. Among the deleterious effects of being imprisoned while mentally ill are possible deterioration of the inmate's psychiatric condition if they do not receive appropriate treatment, and high rates of recidivism. During this Virtual Forum, we'll hear from two experts in the field of criminal justice for offenders with mental illnesses: The Honorable Lawrence G. Brown, Judge, Superior Court of Sacramento County, who presides over the Master Criminal Calendar, Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Reentry Court, and Prop 36 Three Strike Re-Sentencing in Sacramento County, California; and Dean Barker, Manager of Forensic Services for the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board and Coordinator of the Crisis Intervention Team in Hampton, Virginia. These professionals will discuss the special programs they are involved in that aim to ensure that individuals with mental illness receive the help they need, not just jail time.

*Treatment Advocacy Center (2014). The treatment of persons with mental illness in prisons and jails: A state survey. Accessed online July 12, 2017 and available at

View Flyer (PDF)

Event Speakers

Lawrence G. Brown, JD
Featured Speaker

Hon. Lawrence Brown was appointed to the Sacramento Superior Court in January 2010. His present assignment includes the Master Criminal Calendar, Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Reentry Court, and Prop 36 Three Strike resentencings. He also serves as an adjunct professor at U.C. Davis School of Law.

Judge Brown began his career as a deputy district attorney in Ventura County and in 1996 was appointed executive director of the California District Attorneys Association. In 2003, he became First Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California and served as interim United States Attorney in 2009 prior to his appointment to the bench. He has lectured extensively on AB 109, including presenting to judges statewide at the Basic and Advanced Felony Sentencing seminars at the Administrative Office of the Courts/CJER.

 Judge Brown received his JD from the University of California Davis School of Law in 1989.

Dean Barker
Featured Speaker

Dean Barker currently serves as CIT Coordinator and Manager of Forensic Services for Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board (HNNCSB). He is also a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor through Virginia Board of Professional Counselors (1997) and has been working in the mental health field since 1988.

Mr. Barker has 25 years’ experience as a Certified Prescreener with the HNNCSB. During his tenure at HNNCSB, he has assisted in restoration to competency efforts, psychiatric operations in local correctional facilities, jail diversion operations, and court liaison activities. He also helped to form the Virginia CIT Coalition’s Leadership Group, which he sat upon from 2009 until this year. Dean has been honored as Virginia CIT Coordinator of the year 2014; is the recipient of the 2015 Hampton Sheriff’s Office Public Service Award, and 2008 Hampton Citizen of the Year. In 2008, he was also recognized by the Hampton City Mayor’s office for his work with persons suffering with psychiatric disabilities.

Mr. Barker received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, with graduate work at the College of William & Mary.

Gwendolyn Stockton, PharmD, BCPP

Gwendolyn Stockton, PharmD, BCPP, serves as a Senior Medical Science Liaison for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. Her clinical areas of expertise include medication education, pediatric psychiatry, schizophrenia, MDD, and psychopharmacology.

Gwendolyn attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

The registration for this event is now closed. For more information about our live event registration process, please read the Live Event Eligibility Requirements