De-criminalize Mental Illness?

13 Aug

It’s about damn time.

Read about it here.

The mentally ill require a vastly different set of tools when experiencing issues than do regular folk, and they need more follow up than the average criminal, and in different ways. They need help, not punishment.

Law enforcement tend to over react to someone who is manic or delusional-just like they did here in the armpit awhile back-a sad occurrence that could have been avoided. I’m not necessarily blaming the police-they do what they know how to do, and aren’t always trained to deal competently with the mentally ill. And frankly, mentally ill people are scary sometimes. But freaking out and tasering someone multiple times isn’t cool.

Learning how to properly interact with and empathize with the mentally ill in order to avoid further jail time or criminal acts should be the end goal of law enforcement, if not society at large.

It’s about time.

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4 Responses to “De-criminalize Mental Illness?”

  1. Mogo August 13, 2007 at 7:00 pm #

    sad but true time: it’s one thing to read something like this in Time. it’s a different story to see it employed in a widespread fashion. here’s the sad-but-true part: I think we’re still a long way away from that happening :/

  2. jen August 13, 2007 at 7:28 pm #

    i almost got arrested once defying a judge who was sentencing a client of mine who needed treatment to jail. it’s so incredibly wrong and we are perpetuating it by slashing psychiatric services (at least in the US) and then we’ll sit back and wonder “what’s wrong with all these people? better lock em up)

    so yes, it’s crap.

  3. aikaterine August 13, 2007 at 7:48 pm #

    Thank you for posting this link. It really is a big problem and one that I hope we find a way to deal with. I really feel bad not only for the mentally ill, but also for the law enforcement who have inadequate training.

  4. marcelarhodus August 14, 2007 at 12:04 am #

    indeed it’s about time.
    This is something we all should help work on.

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