It's like this now because in the past people were corrupt. I mean if you wanted to get someone "out of the way" it really didn't take much effort. Perfectly healthy people could be institutionalized for life on the say so of an angry spouse, greedy kid, whatever. Now...we over compensate in the other direction.<quoted text>
You can't force people to take medication against their will. There are days that I feel there should be forced institutionalization, but then I worry about who would make that determination? Do you have to hurt someone before "they" lock you up? What about the eccentric people who will never actually harm another person, but make other people nervous because they are different? Can we lock people up because of crimes they may commit?
There have been several cases of people being pushes in front of subways recently. One woman in Philly survived, the two people in NYC died.
I do think that people can be compelled to take anti-psychotic meds but it takes a court order, so there's a process. It might depend on teh particular state law though. In Cali it works like that (or did many years...20...ago) because they did that to my sister when she was "ill." FTR she wasn't "ill" she was angry, which again, there you go, someone force fed anti-psych meds who didn't need them. <shrug>
Here in WA it's almost impossible for the parent of a kid over age 15 to get anything done with OUT a court order. I can't remember why they made that particular law, but IIRC it had something to do with a parent trying to get their under-18 year old committed against her will when there was no reason...abuse of "power." <shrug again>