Urban Justice Center

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The Problem

2000 BRICK Award winner Heather Barr worked as a Staff Attorney at the Urban Justice Center in New York City. A formerly homeless teen, Heather wrote a definitive report on the incarceration of people with mental illness, filed a successful lawsuit to compel New York City to provide discharge planning for 30,000 inmates with mental illness each year. She also co-founded the Nathaniel Project, the nation’s first alternative to incarceration program for felony offenders with serious mental illness.

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