03 December 2005

Mental Illness, Murder, and Jail

A women tries to kill herself and her husband. She only succeeds in killing him. Then she spends a decade in a mental health facility because she has extreme mental health issues and is not competent to go to trial.

The mental health institution declares that it is going to release. The prosecution gets the indictment back in place. The question now becomes whether her mental condition will worsen in jail. The prosecutor claims not to know whether it will but filed a motion asking for a quick mental evaluation "it would be unjust to the victim and to the family to allow the Defendant "to decompensate in jail to avoid being prosecuted for the crimes of murder and arson."


Anonymous said...

I've never understood this barbaric desire for vengeance on the mentally ill that our justice system has. They'll take someone who is deranged and values neither their own life nor that of others, give them medical treatment, spare no effort to bring them to a new appreciation of the value of life...

Then they'll lock them in a cage for the rest of their life, or give them the chair. Once they've made these people understand just what exactly they're giving up!

Cruel, man. I think that if, by some unlikely chance, this person is now rehabilitated, they should be allowed to go. But we all know that's unlikely, these things recur. The only kind thing is to leave these people suicidal and, when they are in this state, put them down painlessly. A bullet in the back of the head, or a quick injection. Why torture them? A mad dog must be put down, but nobody makes a whole ordeal out of it.

Ken Lammers said...

Or we could try to cure them and once they are "cured" have them live in some sort of minimal security mental health facility where compliance with drug regimen and continued counseling can be assured.

If we can keep sex offenders locked up for life after they've served their sentence we ought to be able to do this for people who need serious mental care for the rest of their lives.