Solitary Confinement Is A Despicable Way To Treat The Mentally Ill

By: Monday December 8, 2014 3:00 pm

Reginald ‘Neli’ Latson is a black 23-year-old autistic boy with Asperger’s and an IQ of 69. He is locked-up in solitary confinement in Virginia. His crime: Wearing a hoodie while black when he was 18-years-old and sitting on the grass outside a public library waiting for it to open.

 

How Crazy Is Too Crazy to Be Executed

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 3:08 pm

In her latest piece, Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones sheds light on the case of Scott Panetti—a death row prisoner who Texas wants to execute despite a decades-long history of severe mental illness and serious questions remaining about his competency to be executed.

Judge Urges Firing for Officers Who Dragged, Hog Tied & Brutalized Mentally Ill Inmate at Rikers Island

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 6:40 am

An administrative law judge in New York has taken the extraordinary step of recommending that six corrections officers at Rikers Island prison be fired for dragging, hog-tying and brutalizing a mentally ill African-American inmate.

Police Training for the Mentally Ill – From the Sixties to the Present

By: Thursday August 21, 2014 6:10 pm

hanks to the all mighty law and order God, our law and order enforcement programs in this country continually seek to find better ways to “Serve and Protect”. A good example of that is how United States of Freedom and Liberty police departments have improved their methods for dealing with the mentally ill.

Prison Officers Routinely Brutalize Mentally Ill Inmates at Rikers Island But Are Never Punished

By: Monday July 14, 2014 1:18 pm

A four-month investigation by the New York Times has uncovered a regular pattern of prison officers at Rikers Island committing brutal attacks against inmates in the New York prison. The investigation found that the vast majority of inmates who are attacked are mentally ill and in handcuffs when abused by officers.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes E. Fuller Torrey, American Psychosis: How The Federal Government Destroyed The Mental Illness Treatment System

By: Sunday December 1, 2013 1:59 pm

E. Fuller Torrey’s insightful book, American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed The Mental Health Treatment System, is confirmation to what many people suspect of the current mental illness system and policies: This system is broken and current disjointed polices will make it forever difficult to correct.

Mental Illness in America, or Guns Part 5

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 7:17 pm

Much of the gun violence in America goes unnoticed. Individual victims receive a brief mention on the evening news, and a small story on the bottom fold of the local rag’s front page, unless they’re in a major metropolitan area. Then the victim is lucky to get a mention on page 2 of the local section. Many times these victims are young and poor, and often they are African-American or Hispanic. Our media doesn’t care about these folks, and the world moves on, never having known who or what its lost.

Mentally Ill Death Row Prisoner Removed Both His Eyes – Will TX Execute Him Anyway?

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 5:30 pm

How crazy is too crazy to be executed? That is the question in the harrowing case of Andre Thomas, a Texas death row inmate who has gouged out both his eyes. Mr. Thomas’ case is featured in an extraordinary, must-read story in the March issue of Texas Monthly,

Guns, the American rage culture, and refusal to take mental health issues seriously

By: Saturday December 15, 2012 5:00 pm

I hope that there is a fruitful discussion about how families and elected officials can focus on identifying and treating mental illness as a priority while we deal with the inevitable calls for more gun regulation on one side and guns in every hand on the other in the wake of yet another tragic violent event.

NYT’s ‘Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?’

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 6:30 am

When I read Jennifer Kahn’s well-written, draining piece in the NYT about the plight of a family whose child is exhibiting all the signs of a sociopath at the tender age of 9, all sorts of questions ran through my mind. Science often just uncovers the tip of the iceberg when it comes to mental illness/conditions we don’t understand very well, and it’s true in this case.

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