Jailing mentally ill questioned

May 5, 2009 Full story: The Clarion-Ledger

They've committed no crime, yet they could spend up to a week in jail. In 2008, 54 people were committed to a mental health facility by court order in Lafayette County.

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Constance Bumgardner Frye

Batesville, MS

#1 May 11, 2009
Jailing the Mentally "supposed" Mentally Ill is in question considering the doctors that committ them base comments on heresay or have a skewed vision of the real world. I am amazed that one would even consider signing a court order on mental illness and not think that consequences are inevitable.
For instance, kidnapping hostage holding, identity theft, and forcing drugs without proper handling (can be constituted as illegal). These are just a few of the factors that should have destroyed this money funneling system that allows transfers of money made from mental health funds to institutions such as jails. However, under institutionalization these jails are not appropriate holding facilities just exposure to the criminal element. Institutionalization has laws and by laws followed for the protection of individuals and their rights not demeaning handling without Miranda Rights, phonecalls, and attorneys with backbone enough to question that restrictive environment. It is a farce of non wellness that is bred by this insane solution of touching people.
In addition, one must consider religious beliefs of the writers of the book of DSMIV etc... that patients are preliminarily diagnosed by. It is a fluid of psychiatry that is not biblically based nor is it written by Christians for other Christians. The manual should be reserved for those whom have no belief. Out patient is typically a better solution and evaluation processes do not take weeks and thousands of dollars. I think it is dangerous to law enforcement, the individual accused of mental illness, and shows poor relations between legislative blah, blah, blah and the people. It is amazing how most do not agree upon the handling of these people and yet excuses are made everyday to prohibit life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thanks,
Constance Bumgardner Frye
Happy Gilmore

Goldsboro, NC

#2 Jun 24, 2009
There are those who do not want to see the homeless and poor mentally ill loitering on their streets. They are taxpayers who are willing to part with some tax dollars to make the problem disappear. And that's the net result of the current program/process. There are enough layers between the affluent taxpayers and those providing the care in jail, that no one's conscience is bothered. And perhaps, those providing the care actually believe that they are doing some good for the mentally ill. One's perspective is based on which side of the affluence line one resides. Some see it as providing care, while others see it as robbing citizens of rights and providing inadequate care. Somewhere in the spectrum between the affluent and the afflicted is a middle ground where the mentally ill can receive the care they need without having their rights violated, and the affluent won't have their tax dollars drained to support a program they don't understand. The challenge is to find a politician and a lawyer who are willing to help the community arrive at that middle ground.

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