Coconino County pairs with NARBHA Institute for justice event

Coconino County recently partnered with the nonprofit Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA) Institute to hold a unique justice summit featuring nationwide speakers and panelists in Flagstaff.

“We are delighted to partner with Coconino County to host the Justice Summit,” Mary Jo Gregory, president and CEO of the NARBHA Institute, said in a press release. “The Summit enabled leaders from throughout northern Arizona to hear from national experts on criminal justice and mental illness and engage in robust discussions with their peers. We greatly valued the dialogue.”  

More than 200 stakeholders from government agencies, nonprofits and private firms attended the one-day conference on May 15. Coconino County chair Liz Archuleta spoke highly of featured professionals, welcoming researchers and others whose participation served to illuminate U.S. criminal justice matters.

“The speakers provided excellent learning opportunities that will shape the County’s vision,” Archuleta said in the release. “Coconino County is a nationally recognized leader for our criminal justice policies. We will take the robust ideas from the summit and continue to institute innovative and data driven initiatives that will have positive outcomes for our communities.”

Speakers included Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman, discussing mental illness among the incarcerated population; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, speaking about local approaches to justice reform; and additional panelists from Harvard Law School, Columbia University’s Center for Justice and northern Arizona.

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