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08 March 2016 @ 06:11 am
Institutions  
Scott Alexander takes a hard look at the idea that we’re putting mentally ill people in prison instead of treating them.
 
 
 
Elenbarathielenbarathi on March 8th, 2016 04:02 pm (UTC)
Awesome article; thanks!
El Coyote Gordo: thumbsupergee on March 8th, 2016 04:47 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it. Scott Alexander is one of my favorite bloggers.
msrat1900 on March 8th, 2016 07:38 pm (UTC)
From where I sit, it looks a little different. It's more like we're not putting mentally ill people in prison, and we're also not treating them.

My son is finally getting treatment at the state mental hospital, but for years he roamed the streets of a big city, untreated, unhoused, and unhelped. He was never a danger, only a nuisance, and he was in and out of "treatment programs" which did not in fact help anything but maybe politicians' consciences.

The only reason he's getting treatment now is that he finally became enough of a nuisance that "society" considered him "dangerous" and so it put him in a real hospital.

His hospitalization was imperiled by his lawyer who thought it was a shame that a person could only get real trreatment by being convicted of a crime; his solution was to get the conviction reversed, on the basis that my son was too ill to understand what he was doing, and thus would not be elligible for suitable treatment and care! Fortunately, his efforts were unsuccessful.

Like it or not, in a lot of places the only real help for the very mentally ill is through the criminal justice system. Although it does remind me of "Catch 22" (and Rube Goldberg).