Risdon Slate

Professor of Criminology, Florida Southern College

Areas of Expertise

  • Stress on justice practitioners
  • Mental health
  • Criminal justice system


Risdon Slate, Professor of Criminology at Florida Southern College, is an expert in mental health and criminal justice system.

Slate has served as an advocate, trainer, speaker and consultant on a number of initiatives at the local, state and federal level aimed at ensuring better treatment for persons with mental illnesses who encounter the criminal justice system. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime and was appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush to Florida’s Mental Health & Substance Abuse Commission.

He has been published in numerous scholarly journals and has authored books including Criminalization of Mental Illness: Crisis and Opportunity for the Justice System and The Decision-making Network: An Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Slate received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Claremont Graduate School, M.S. in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina and B.S. in criminal justice from the University of North Carolina.