Prisons as Asylums: The Mentally Ill and Incarceration

2017 Prison Ministry Conference

"Prisons as Asylums: The Mentally Ill and Incarceration" was the ninth annual Prison Forum presented by Faith Behind Bars and Beyond.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

from 8:30 AM until approximately 2:00 PM

Christ Church Cathedral, 45 Church Street, HartfordCT06103

Congratulations to Becky and Bon (formally known as “Frederick”), recipients of the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award! Thank you for your years of work.

Dr. Craig Burns, Chief of Psychiatric Services for the Connecticut Department of Correction, was the keynote speaker.

Photo of Dr. Craig Burns, Chief of Psychiatric Services for the Connecticut Department of Correction

Craig G. Burns, M.D. is the Chief of Psychiatric Services for the Connecticut Department of Correction. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies, received his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and completed his training in General Adult and Forensic Psychiatry from the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Burns' entire career has centered on the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of forensic populations in Connecticut.


In addition to Dr. Burns, there was panel discussion with formerly incarcerated people.

A short video was shown, with time for discussion.

Beverages and snacks were offered throughout the Forum, and a light lunch was served.

Organizations whose activities are related to the criminal justice system, especially prevention, incarceration, and people re-entering society, displayed information during the Forum.

The complete schedule is listed below.


Full schedule for the Forum

8:30 AM9:00 AMCheck-in, Beverages, and Displays
9:00 AM9:15 AMWelcome and Introductions
9:15 AM10:00 AMPanel Discussion and Q & A
10:00 AM10:15 AMBreak
10:15 AM11:15 AMDr. Craig Burns, with Q & A
11:15 AM11:45 AMFilm: Training Police to Work with the Mentally Ill, with Discussion
11:45 AM12:30 PMLunch and Displays
12:30 PM12:45 PMMalta Report on Companies Willing to Hire Ex-Offenders
12:45 PM1:00 PMVolunteer of the Year Award
1:00 PM2:00 PMLoel W. Meckel cancelled at the last minute.
2:00 PM ClosingThank you for attending!