A defendant cuffed at the feet at the Boston Mental Health Court.

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For Mentally Ill Defendants, A Different Kind Of Court

January 7, 2014

As policymakers try to stem the flow of mentally ill persons into the prison system, they're experimenting with the way the courts work. Here in Massachusetts, mental-health courts put the focus on treatment rather than punishment, and the model is catching on.

Adam Reilly went inside the Boston Mental Health Court and has this report on how it works. 


  • Judge Rosemary Minehan is a Plymouth District Court judge and has presided over mental health hearings at Bridgewater State Hospital since 1993.

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