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 Criminal Justice Resources


NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore is excited to announce publication of a new book- Beyond Punishment: Helping Individuals with Mental Illness in Maryland's Criminal Justice System. This book provides information and critical resources on how to help when an individual with mental illness becomes involved with the criminal justice system in Maryland, with a focus on the mental health and criminal justice systems of Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Beyond Punishment addresses helping an individual in jail awaiting trial, in prison serving a sentence or on probation or parole. It also discusses ways to help prevent a mental health crisis from leading to an arrest and subsequent involvement in the criminal justice system, as well as how to get mental health crisis services.


NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore is excited to announce that  Beyond Punishment: Helping Individuals with Mental Illness in Maryland’s Criminal Justice System now can be purchased for $19.95 as a trade paperback on 

We have received an overwhelmingly positive response to Beyond Punishment since releasing it in December, 2008, with many individuals and organizations indicating an interest in being able to purchase a high quality, professionally bound version of the book. The Amazon version is particularly appropriate for libraries, use in professional trainings, and as resource guides for organizations. Click here to access Beyond Punishment on


Are you looking for specific information and do not want to print the entire booklet? Please click here to access topic specific fact sheets.


We welcome your input! Please click here to complete a brief survey providing feedback on Beyond Punishment: Helping Individuals with Mental Illness in Maryland’s Criminal Justice System.



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Below you will find various fact sheets and resources to help you during a mental health crisis.

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