The Definition of Insanity

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The Definition of Insanity

The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum hosted a special exploration of the PBS documentary The Definition of Insanity. The film chronicles the Miami-Dade Criminal Mental Health Project, an innovative prison diversion program. The Definition of Insanity illustrates how one local judge’s novel approach to solving the mental health crisis could be the model to tackle the much larger epidemic throughout America.

The Jail Diversion Project comes to life in this documentary, following a team of dedicated public servants working through the courts to steer people with mental illness — as their court cases hang in the balance — on a path from incarceration to recovery.

Panelists include key public servants featured in the documentary with discussion facilitated by Nancy La Vigne, Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute.



Keynote Speaker

Norman Ornstein, Vice President, Matthew Harris Ornstein Memorial Foundation


Nancy G. La Vigne, Vice President, Justice Policy, Urban Institute


  • Alejandro Aristizábal, Felony Diversion Program Manager, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
  • John Blackerby, City of Miami PD
  • Habsi Kaba, Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, Miami-Dade County
  • Judge Steven Leifman, Associate Administrative Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
  • Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney, Miami-Dade County

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