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RIPPD: Diverting People Away from the Criminal Justice System
BY LISA ORTEGA, PROJECT DIRECTOR, RIGHTS FOR INCARCERATED PEOPLE WITH PSYCHIATRIC DISABILITIES (RIPPD)

".the NYPD responds to calls involving persons with mental illness every 6.5 minutes."

Changing Minds: Mental Health Alternatives to Prison
BY RIPPD COLUMNIST LISA ORTEGA

"All too often mental health courts overlook the true professionals, those of us who have forensic and mental health histories.the peer specialists."

RIPPD: Fighters for Imprisoned Consumers
A COLUMN BY LISA ORTEGA AND THE MEMBERS OF RIPPD

"Together we are many and we can stop this inhumane treatment of persons with psychiatric disabilities."

Goodbye to Activist Heather Barr
By DANIEL FREY

".[RIPPD members are] real people who everyone feels are really messed up.[but they] become real people with real power.from feeling powerless to knowing they are really powerful and can make changes for other people."

Consumer Prisoner Writes from the SHU
BY CARLOS SABATER FROM SOUTHPORT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

"I fight to keep myself from being swept away by the conditions of my mental prison and I seek that light at the end of the tunnel that is often spoken of by those imprisoned. This light is the hope I have that all of you know [about our situation here] and that there are people who [will fight for our] release."


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