Hmmm. It’s apparent to me that at least in this country there are severe deficiencies in the way justice is dealt to those mentally ill who commit crimes, as an example from (Click This Article) shows:
In 1999 California executed a decorated yet traumatized Vietnam War veteran, who’d been turned in to police by his brother, Bill Babbitt.
On Tuesday Bill Babbitt said he’d hoped his brother — who had post-traumatic stress disorder and paranoid schizophrenia — would receive treatment for his mental illness after he assaulted an elderly woman, who then died of a heart attack.
But Manny Babbitt spent 20 years in prison before he was executed in California on his 50th birthday.
As someone personally familiar with mental illness, and a ‘flaming lib,’ I naturally find this and similar cases of injustice disgusting.
Only through reforms in our criminal justice system can we be truly equal in the eyes of the law, reforms that those opposed to any change in ‘business as usual’ have continuously tried, and to some extent succeeded, to thwart.
Some people do like their comfort spots and privileges…even at the expense of those who serve as targets for their lack of compassion and bigotry for ‘undesirables,’ with or without a psychiatric diagnosis.
It’s easy to not want things to change, to not care…until it just happens that the shoe’s on YOUR foot.
After all ‘society doesn’t need them,’ does it?…
- Op-Ed Contributor: A Special Court for Veterans (nytimes.com)
- Glenn Close on mental illness: ‘Say it out loud’ (usatoday.com)