Criminal Justice Support Group

Support, sharing of coping strategies, and practical information for family members of individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system.

From an email with support group facilitator Leah Gitter:

What would you like someone to know about the group?

  • Support group members hear from family members who have first hand experience with the criminal justice system, jails and prisons.
  • Support group members share valuable resources that will help navigate the system so new members can get help for their loved ones while incarcerated.
  • Support group members provide support to help reduce the stress that new members are experiencing while their loved ones are locked up.

To you, what is the most pressing mental health/criminal justice issue in NYC that you want people to know about and can be discussed within the group?

The most important issue is to stop criminalizing people with mental illness. People need treatment, not jail and prison. Incarceration is cruel and inhuman, not cost-effective, and only exacerbates mental health conditions. It is impossible to get treatment in a such a restrictive, harsh environment.

The group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6pm. Contact the Helpline at 212-684-3264 or email below with any questions you have.