James Kimmel, Jr, JD

Lecturer in Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Connecticut Mental Health Center

Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health


James Kimmel, Jr., J.D., is a lawyer, academic researcher, novelist, and social theorist who focuses on the intersections of law, psychology, and spirituality. He received his doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and his B.S. degree summa cum laude from the Schreyer Honors College of the Pennsylvania State University. He is a Co-Director of the Yale Collaborative for Motive Control Studies and leader in expanding the national debate about violence prevention beyond gun control to include motive control. He created SavingCain.org, the first-of-it’s-kind website aimed at saving lives by providing support and resources to help potential murderers and mass shooters overcome the desire to kill. He is also the creator of the "nonjustice" construct of conflict resolution and violence prevention and the "Nonjustice System" intervention for reducing revenge cravings and controlling justice addiction. He co-founded and directed an evidence-based forensic peer support program in Pennsylvania utilizing, in part, the Nonjustice System for criminal justice-involved individuals with serious mental illnesses in Pennsylvania jails and prisons. He is the author of Suing for Peace: A Guide for Resolving Life's Conflicts (Hampton Roads, 2005) and The Trial of Fallen Angels (New York: Penguin Random House/Putnam 2012).

Education & Training

JD University of Pennsylvania (1990)

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