PUBA 201H: Making and Unmaking a Criminal: The Intersection of Criminal Justice (3 credits)
PUBA 202H: Making and Unmaking a Criminal: Health Policy and Law (3 graded UNC credits)
Professor John Rubin and Jane Perkins, Esq.
While having a mental health diagnosis does not make a person more likely to commit a crime, an overwhelming number of people involved in the criminal justice system have unmet health, mental health, and substance use needs.
The program would enable students to:
- Understand the ways in which the availability of health care can “make or unmake a criminal”
- Assess the impediments to providing care in the usually siloed criminal and mental health systems
- Identify opportunities for better coordination that would improve outcomes for justice-involved and potentially justice-involved people
- Enhance their research and analytical skills, communication and presentation abilities, and capacity for collaboration with others