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David Geiger: Mental Illness and Criminal Justice Reform

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David Geiger is a native of New Jersey where he still resides and is married with three grown children. He is an electrical engineer with a master’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. He has a professional license from the State of New Jersey and worked in New York City for twenty years as an engineer with Con Edison. He is also a member of Mensa where he started his writing interests as of December 1990.  As part of his effort to reduce recidivism he attends conferences at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. And he still has schizophrenia which has been in full remission, meaning symptom-free, since 2001.

His autobiography, In the Matter of Edwin Potter: Mental Illness and Criminal Justice Reform is the true story of a man who suffers from mental illness – schizophrenia – and has been through the criminal justice system from 1979 to the present. This book navigates the unnerving reality of schizophrenia and the exigency for a conversation about mental illness.

Chapter 104 of the first version, written in 1999,  “Reducing Recidivism,” outlines the shortcomings of the criminal justice system and what to do about them. Not just talk, the recommendation for mentoring “at risk” youth by the formerly incarcerated WORKS as brought out at an October 2017 conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 

About of disscussion he says, that he wants to raise the following talking points:

  1. The typical prison inmate
  2. Ban the Box
  3. Jim McGreevey Gets it – job skills
  4. Housing issues for those getting out of prison
  5. Mentally ill: meds & gene research
  6. SARDAA

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