Join us for a day focused on addressing mental illness in a culture of violence. This regional conference explores the areas where the criminal justice and mental health systems meet - highlighting best practices in investigating, managing, and treating offenders who may suffer from mental illness. Learn about critical case studies that involve mental illness as mitigating circumstance to some acts of violence in our communities. Hear from experts in the fields.
The Consequences of Neglecting Adverse Childhood Experiences
Adam Rosenberg, Director of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center
From the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to the Sutherland Springs Church massacre, Rosenberg speaks on the tragedies of child abuse as well as domestic violence and how it correlates to mass shootings. Learn techniques that identify abuse and ways to prevent or intervene in the lives of troubled youth to mitigate the likelihood of violence.
The Role of the Media in Mitigating, Exacerbating and Covering Crime and Violence
Jayne Miller, WBAL-TV Investigative Reporter
As a seasoned journalist, Miller describes her experience investigating some of the most contemptable cases of violence and the lessons she has learned about people, the criminal justice system, mental illness and media bias.
Why Do We Kill: The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore and Other Cities
Stephen Janis, Author
Stephen Janis is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work has been acclaimed both in print and in television. He will explore the inspiration behind his book, Why Do We Kill: The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore. Janis dissects several extraordinary cases – disclosing the mentality of the people who execute violence as a normal way of life.
Fred Delp, Executive Director of National Alliance of Mental Illness, Anne Arundel Chapter
During lunch, Delp shares current trends in assisting and supporting persons with mental illness – especially those who confront law enforcement – and those whose incarceration is a consequence of untreated symptoms of mental illness. He offers best practices for police, judges, attorneys, health practitioners and correctional professionals to ensure that this population of citizens can experience healthy, safe and productive lives in our communities.
Living in the Dark: Suicide and Incarceration
Maj. Richard Herring, Maryland Reception and Diagnostic Center
Aside from illness-related deaths, nationally, jail and prison suicides represent 7 percent of all prisoner demises. Herring explores the compounded misery of depression, fear, isolation and suicide inside prison walls - what has been done and the resources needed to reduce the illness of self-harm and suicide.
1 October: The Las Vegas Shooting Dissected
Capt. Robert Plummer, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
On Oct. 1, 2017, Capt. Robert Plummer was at Ground Zero when Stephen Paddock opened fire from the window of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in to a festival ground of over 1,000 people. Considered one of the most horrendous acts of violence in modern day history, the Las Vegas shooting resulted in 58 dead and 500 more wounded. Plummer will recount the night’s events, the terror, and the remarkable rescues and successful tactical response by law enforcement in bringing the 64-year-old gunman down.