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HERC Health Economics Seminar

Indigent Defense, Social Workers and Suicidality in Jail


by Scott Cunningham, PhD
Seminar date: 6/1/2021

Description: Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Cunningham will discuss the effect of public defenders in mental health courts. Using an instrumental variables approach, Dr. Cunningham and coauthors examine how being assigned a public defender rather than a private attorney affects recidivism and suicide attempts for justice-involved individuals. Target audience: Professional social scientists and social workers and therapists as well as people with a law background interested in mental healthcare and suicide, particularly in jails.

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