Citizens for Prison Reform
Lois Demott first became involved in advocacy for mentally ill inmates when her experiences with a mentally ill son sent her through Community Mental Health, out-of-state treatment facilities, psychiatric wards, juvenile homes, police departments, court systems, county jails, and finally—when her son was 15—to the adult prison system in Michigan. As a result of her personal experiences, Demott co-founded Citizens for Prison Reform, an organization that seeks to support prisoners’ loved ones and promote quality treatment for those who are incarcerated.
Mark J. Heyrman
Clinical Professor of Law
University of Chicago Law School
Mark Heyrman, a clinical professor at the University of Chicago Law School’s Mandel Clinic, supervises students in legislative advocacy on behalf of persons with mental illness. He is a member of the mental health committees of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He was member of the board of Mental Health America from 2004 to 2010 and chaired its Public Policy Committee from 2007 to 2010; he remains a member of the committee. Professor Heyrman is past president of Mental Health America of Illinois, a current member of its board, and chair of its Public Policy Committee. He also is a member and immediate past chair of the Illinois Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council and founder and facilitator of the Mental Health Summit. In 1988, Heyrman served as executive director of the Governor’s Commission for Revision of the Mental Health Code of Illinois.
Virginia Aldigé Hiday
Distinguished Professor of Sociology
North Carolina State University
Virginia Aldigé Hiday, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor in the Department of Sociology at North Carolina State University. Her research interests have included mental health and the law, mental health courts, criminalization of mental illness, violence and victimization of persons with mental illness, and topics such as medical sociology and hospitalization and commitment laws. Dr. Hiday received an Outstanding Research Award in 2004. She has published numerous articles examining mental health treatment and the criminal justice system, and has several forthcoming articles focused on the intersections of mental illness and criminal justice.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Deputy Rick Kaledas has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. A recognized authority in the criminal justice field, Kaledas has taught at the university level and on behalf of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) since 1998. Chief Deputy Kaledas has served as a trainer for the NIC Academy and its Jails Division, and has been a guest speaker and instructor at many national and state conferences—especially on the topic of Inmate Behavior Management. He assisted with the NIC project that resulted in the Resource Guide for Jail Administrators. Kaledas was the recipient of the American Jail Association’s prestigious Correctional Administrator of the Year Award in 2006.
Travis County Mental Health Public Defender Office
Jeanette Kinard has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law center. She currently directs the Travis County Mental Health Public Defender Office in Austin, Texas. The office was established in 2007 to serve the needs of mentally ill people within the criminal justice system.
Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak
Associate Professor and Ph.D. Program Coordinator
Michigan State University School of Social Work
Sheryl Pimlott Kubiak, Ph.D., is a 2002 graduate of the University of Michigan’s joint program in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She was a National Institute of Mental Health pre-doctoral fellow in gender and mental health. Her current research interests encompass both individual and systems issues at intersections of criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse. She joined the MSU faculty in fall 2006 after four years as assistant professor at Wayne State University. Dr. Kubiak’s recent research includes an evaluation of mental health courts in the state of Michigan.
Christine E. Negendank
Christine Negendank, M.D., graduated from Wayne State University Medical School. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at University of Michigan and a forensic fellowship at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Negendank is board certified in adult and forensic psychiatry. She currently treats patients in the Washtenaw County Jail and in the jail diversion program. She has lectured and presented posters at national conferences on jail diversion, the Sequential Intercept Model, violence risk assessment, and workplace violence.
Michael L. Perlin
Professor of Law, Director of the Mental Disability Law Program, and Director of the Justice Action Center’s International Mental Disability Law Reform Project
New York Law School
Professor Michael Perlin has written 23 books and more than 250 articles on all aspects of mental disability law. Many of his publications deal with the overlap between mental disability law and criminal procedure. Before becoming a professor, Perlin was the deputy public defender in charge of the Mercer County Trial Region in New Jersey. He also served for eight years as director of the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate’s Division of Mental Health Advocacy.
Professor and Director of the Center for Mental Health Services and Criminal Justice Research
Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Nancy Wolff, Ph.D., focuses her research on interactions between the mental health and criminal justice systems, and the public policies that influence those interactions. Her recent research explores violence inside prisons, community reentry with an emphasis on the impact of community setting, and social and policy dynamics on successful community integration. In 1998, she was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy to study the management of mentally disordered offenders in the United Kingdom. She currently directs the Center for Mental Health Services and Criminal Justice Research—which is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health—and a post-doctoral training program on behavioral health and criminal justice research. She has been editor of the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation since 2004.