As part of their continuing work on criminal justice issues, the Balancing Justice Steering Committee and the League of Women Voters of Geneva are sponsoring a meeting on “Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, at the Ontario County Safety Training Facility in Hopewell. The speakers for the evening will be Alice Haskins, chief corrections officer for the Ontario County Jail, and Bob Corliss, associate director for criminal justice for National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in New York State (NAMI-NYS).
Haskins has been the chief corrections officer at the Ontario County Jail since 1985. She is an adjunct instructor at Finger Lakes Community College. She is on the boards of the Partnership for Ontario County, The Community Services Board, the Alternatives to Incarceration Committee and the board of the Council on Alcoholism and Other Chemical Dependencies. She is also a member of the NYS Sheriffs' Association Accreditation Team.
Corliss has been associate director since February 2000. For nearly 20 years, Corliss served as the Assistant Director of Field Operations for the NYS Commission of Correction, an oversight agency, which regulates the operations of state and local correctional facilities. In his current position with NAMI-NYS, Corliss assists persons with a mental illness and families in crisis to navigate the criminal justice system and to provide individual case advocacy when necessary. He also works with affiliates across the state to strengthen their advocacy efforts in pressing for criminal justice and mental health reform.
Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. For more information contact Kim Reisch at 789-7104.