Challenges Facing Rural Justice

December 4, 2020
3:00pm Eastern Time
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The Trends and Challenges Facing Rural Justice Systems panel session is based upon the documentary, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Mental Healthcare in Rural America. Forum participants are encouraged to watch this short 13-minute film prior to the Forum session and come prepared to discuss the content.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Mental Healthcare in Rural America | Independent Lens | PBS

In many rural counties in the U.S., the de facto mental health facility is the county jail. Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Mental Healthcare in Rural America explores how the lack of access to mental healthcare in Cochise County, AZ intersects with the local criminal justice system.The short film follows four characters as they struggle at each level of the system, from a patient who has landed in jail multiple times to the sheriff whose facility is flooded with inmates needing treatment. Through their stories, we see the long term impact of a system that often criminalizes people for needing mental healthcare. This piece was originally published on The Atlantic. Directed by James Burns Producer Chris Herde Director of Photography Matthew Seger 1st Assistant Camera Joseph Guffey Location Sound Alex Burdick Post Coordinator Stacy Kim Editor Daniel Ferry Color Nicholas Metcalf Post Audio Engineer Geoff Strasser Music Courtesy of Musicbed Executive Producers Lois Vossen Sally Jo Fifer Senior Vice President of Content Jim Sommers Senior Producer Stephen Talbot Associate Producer Susan Cohen Produced in association with Terry Greene Sterling and Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Learn more about "Independent Lens": Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Instagram:

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  • Chris Asplen

    Chris Asplen has served as Executive Director of the NCJA since January, 2016. Asplen is a former prosecutor, and a national and international expert on the use of DNA technologies. Previously, he served as Director of the DNA Legal Assistance Unit for the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute and the National District Attorney’s Association, as an Assistant United States Attorney and as the Executive Director of the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence for the U.S. Department of Justice. In private practice, Asplen has advocated for policy and legislative initiatives integrating DNA technology, including post-conviction DNA, into criminal justice systems around the world. He has worked with governments and law enforcement agencies in 35 countries to implement DNA technology to maximize its ability to identify and convict the guilty while protecting the innocent. A noted national and international speaker he has testified before the U.S. Congress, the South African and Philippine Parliaments and has appeared on, and written for, numerous news outlets. He also serves as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State and the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism on the prosecution of nuclear terrorism crimes.

  • Bethany Broida

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