A Court of Refuge: Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren of America's First Mental Health Court
Cúirt Tearmainn: An Breitheamh Ginger Lerner-Wren as an gcéad chúirt sláinte meabhrach i SAM
The latest episode of The Trauma-Informed Lawyer Podcast hosted by Myrna McCallum with the support of BC Law Foundation is an interview (recorded in May 2021) with Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren about how she lead the team that created the first Mental Health Court in the USA and her insights into how education, understanding, compassion and dignity can transform lives for lawyers, judges and defendants who appear in her courtroom.
Is í an eipeasóid is déanaí den podchraoladh 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙪𝙢𝙖-𝙄𝙣𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙚𝙙 𝙇𝙖𝙬𝙮𝙚𝙧 ar a mbíonn Muirne Nic Colaim ina hóstach, le tacaíocht ó Fhondúireacht Dlí na Colóime Briotanaí, ná agallamh (a taifeadadh i mBealtaine 2021) leis an mBreitheamh Ginger Lerner-Wren faoin gcaoi a raibh sí i gceannas ar an bhfoireann a chruthaigh an chéad Chúirt Sláinte Meabhrach i SAM agus a léargas conas is féidir le hoideachas agus tuiscint, comhbhá agus dínit an saol a athrú do dhlíodóirí agus do bhreithiúna agus do chosantóirí a bhíonn os a comhair sa chúirt.
In July 2019, Judge Lerner-Wren visited us to talk about her work.
I mí Iúil na bliana 2019 a thug An Breitheamh Lerner-Wren cuairt orainn chun labhairt faoin cuid oibre.
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Fast facts about IPV and the criminal justice system:
-In 2018, almost eight in ten victims of police-reported intimate partner violence (IPV) were female (Burczycka, 2018).
-Women in rural areas experienced the highest overall rates of IPV (789 victims per 100,000 population), with rates close to four times higher than those for men in these areas (218).
-For every 1000 sexual assaults that take place in Canada, only three perpetrators are convicted (Johnson, 2013).
-According to the linked police-court file, offenders convicted of spousal violence  were less likely than other convicted violent offenders to receive prison sentences (19% versus 29%)
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