The New Asylums: Mentally Ill and Behind Bars
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.
In the 1930s, barely one in 100 jail inmates had a serious mental illness. Today, the most conservative estimates are one in five jail inmates and even more of the prison population. With video, personal story and professional insight, Fuller will discuss the role of mental illness in turning the U.S. into the world leader in incarceration and discuss practical measures to curb this trend.
This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Division of Student Life, health studies and the department of psychology. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Inequality and Mass Incarceration in the United States.
Biography (provided by the speaker)
Doris A. Fuller is chief of research and public affairs, where she conducts and directs the Treatment Advocacy Center’s original studies abd research-driven communications, including public education related to mental illness.
Fuller has co-authored several recent studies from the Treatment Advocacy Center, including:
- “The Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails: A State Survey” – April 2014
- “Justifiable Homicides by Law Enforcement Officers: What is the Role of Mental Illness?” – September 2013
- “No Room at the Inn: Trends and Consequences of Closing Public Psychiatric Hospitals” – July 2012
She also co-directed the organization’s documentary short, “Mental Illness on Trial” and other video productions.
A frequent guest on national TV and radio, often quoted in print and author of many timely op-eds, Fuller is an author of books, former award-winning journalist and mother of a daughter who experienced a first psychotic break as a college student. Doris described her daughter’s struggles with severe mental illness and March 2015 suicide in a feature for the Washington Post, “How the ‘Demons’ Took My Daughter,” which has been read by millions of readers worldwide.
Doris joined the Treatment Advocacy Center in 2010 as director of communications and subsequently served as executive director for three years before being named to found and build the organization’s new Office of Research and Public Affairs.