Griffin Promotes Mental Health Prescription for Criminal Justice Reform

Pat Griffin at Drug Court 1 croppedPatricia Griffin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Graduate Criminal Justice program at Holy Family University, has contributed to four new chapters in Changing Times: Transforming the Culture and Behaviors for Law Enforcement. The timely book identifies the components necessary to transform attitudes, behaviors and culture in the interest of diverting the mentally ill out of the criminal justice system and into treatment, where appropriate.

 “Leaders in law enforcement today face unprecedented challenges,” said Griffin. “Among them is the appropriate interaction with the mentally ill. Mishandling results in unwanted headlines, unnecessary expenditures of taxpayer money, and heightened public safety risks. This book provides a pathway to change by providing evidence-based strategies and improved opportunities for engagement with agencies beyond the police that address mental and behavioral health in the community.”

According to the book, “The criminal justice/behavioral health network is large and complex. The effort to divert those in crisis does not fall solely in the domain of a single entity but rather a confluence of different organizations with different cultures, attitudes, and behaviors united in a common goal.”  

The contributors blend theoretical and hands-on experience, enabling the reader to understand the influences of law enforcement’s tradition and other forces that drive attitudes, culture, and behavior, and how to bring about change. Changing Times is recommended for the following audiences:

  • Instructors/students in Criminal Justice programs;
  • Trainers/attendees in Law Enforcement training development programs;
  • Municipal leaders interested in the decriminalization of mental illness; and
  • Researchers interested in the intersection of the Criminal Justice/Mental health system.

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The new chapters include:

Griffin, P.M., Salvatore, T.  Framing the environment.  In F. Mielke &C. Kocher (Eds.), Policing and mental health:  Pathways to diversion (Chapter 2).  New York, NY:  Rowman & Littlefield.

Munzo, M., Griffin, P.M. Trauma:  Identification and needs assessment. In F. Mielke &C. Kocher (Eds.), Policing and mental health:  Pathways to diversion (Chapter 5).  New York, NY:  Rowman & Littlefield.

Griffin, P.M., Stocker, D.  Resilience. In F. Mielke &C. Kocher (Eds.), Policing and mental health:  Pathways to diversion (Chapter 7).  New York, NY:  Rowman & Littlefield.

Mielke, F., Griffin, P.M. Emerging theories and processes. In F. Mielke &C. Kocher (Eds.), Policing and mental health:  Pathways to diversion (Chapter 9).  New York, NY:  Rowman & Littlefield.