Cassandra oversees medical and mental health initiatives throughout the organization, working closely with facility physicians and psychiatrists. Dr. Newkirk is a Board Certified Forensic psychiatrist with 31 years of experience in direct and administrative correctional mental health services who has been with CCRS since 2005. Dr. Newkirk’s experience includes large jail and prison system psychiatric and medical direction with the following correctional agencies: New York City Department of Corrections as Mental Health Director at Rikers Island Penitentiary for Prison Health Services; Philadelphia Prison System as Behavioral Health Medical Director; and Georgia Department of Corrections as Consulting Psychiatrist, Director of Psychiatric Services, and ultimately as Deputy Commissioner of Offender Services. Dr. Newkirk also has 20 years of experience as an expert witness in prison litigation cases involving mental health issues. She also has extensive experience as a part-time faculty member at Emory, Morehouse and Florida International University Schools of Medicine.