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Unabomber's Brother Will Speak on Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System University News
For release: November 4, 2010

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

“My Brother’s Keeper: Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System” will be discussed by two men with tragic first-hand knowledge of that topic, when the University of Memphis sponsors their appearance on campus Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the University Center Theatre (Room 145).

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin Street parking garage adjacent to the University Center.


David Kaczynski
David Kaczynski
Speaking will be David Kaczynski, brother of Theodore Kaczynski, the so-called ‘Unabomber,’ and Bill Babbitt, who sought help for his mentally ill brother, only to see his brother be incarcerated for 20 years and ultimately executed by the state of California.

After David Kaczynski alerted the authorities that he suspected that his brother might be the mysterious bomber, Ted was arrested in 1996. Since that time, David has devoted his life to reforming the criminal justice system in New York and around the country and to promoting initiatives that can address the root causes of violence. He is director of New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.


Bill Babbitt
Bill Babbitt
Babbitt’s brother was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, but he suffered from severe, persistent mental illness. Bill thought that the justice system would be a source of help for him; but what he thought would happen, did not. Since his brother’s execution, Bill has made it his mission to travel the country speaking about the death penalty. He is a board member of Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights.

At the U of M program, both men will talk about how the United States’ current legal system deals with people who are mentally ill, and about what can be done to address shortcomings related to that issue.

The program is presented by the U of M’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, in cooperation with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Amnesty International, and the Memphis branch of the NAACP.

More information is available at 615-361-6608 from Robin Nobling, who is with the Tennessee office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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