What should the Court of Criminal Appeals’ goal be in the newly formed Judicial Commission on Mental Health?

Michelle Slaughter

Judge, Place 8


The goal needs to be determining and implementing cost-effective ways to provide justice in criminal cases involving mentally-ill defendants.  While punishment is certainly a goal of the criminal justice system, so is rehabilitation. The cycle of criminal activity can only be broken if a defendant can be rehabilitated.  Rehabilitation is especially difficult with mentally-ill defendants because the criminal justice system lacks the proper resources. That deficiency must be rectified.