|QUOTE (Otter @ Friday, Dec 14 2012, 19:20)|
| Truth is, more psychiatric care is needed. And less war. |
The problem is that juries don't seem to like acknowledging that some criminals are not responsible
for their actions.
America can improve its psychiatric care all it wants, but that won't stop stupid jurors from ignoring evidence of mental illness and sending people to rot in a prison.
Richard Chase springs to mind. He killed a whole family because he was experiencing several schizoid delusions. In one, he believed that someone had stolen his arteries. At one point he was running through a hospital, screaming about a 'thief' who entered his body and stole his blood. They ignored him.
In fact, lots more people ignored him even as he wandered the streets covered in the blood of his victims. He didn't even possess the cunning to change his clothes or wash after he slaughtered an entire family. But they still judged him sane. Go figure.
But no one thought he should have been helped. They locked him up and the poor, diseased man ended up killing himself.
Government involvement isn't nearly as important as ensuring that the legal system doles out justice
instead of revenge.