We are back from the National Alliance on Mental Illness convention in San Francisco, where the "Prevention, Not Execution" panel was a powerful success. Panelists Nick and Amanda Wilcox, Carla Jacobs, Bill Babbitt, and Joe Bruce -- all of whom are featured in the DOUBLE TRAGEDIES report -- spoke to a packed room, and their stories, along with the remarks from NAMI's Ron Honberg and MVFHR's Renny Cushing, moved the audience to tears on many occasions and brought them to their feet by the end of the evening, ready to join the project and take action to end the death penalty for people with severe mental illness.
We are very grateful to NAMI for being such wonderful partners in this project. Here are a couple of the news stories that accompanied the release of DOUBLE TRAGEDIES.
From the Dallas Morning News crime blog, Families of victims and families of mentally ill offenders release death penalty report.
From the Portland (Maine) Press-Herald, "Mentally ill killers: treat or execute?"
From Disability Scoop, "Death Penalty 'Inappropriate' for those with Mental Illness, Report Says."