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.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Tom Zoellner, A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America

By: Saturday February 11, 2012 1:59 pm

It has been a year and a month since the day the shots pierced the heart of Arizona on January 8, 2011. In all, 19 victims were shot. Six lives were taken and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords gravely wounded. Friends, families, a state and a nation were torn at their emotional seams.

The news crews came for their live shots, talking heads talked, pundits opined, quick clues to a deeper cause and meaning sought and catharsis stated to have been reached in a stirring memorial led by an eloquent President. Over time, the initial raw wounds seemed to merge into the amazing evolving story of strength, resilience and recovery of Gabby Giffords. And, to be sure, there are few parallels in public life to the resilience and recovery of Gabby, it has been stunning, heartwarming and inspirational.

What Made Loughner Snap?

By: Sunday January 9, 2011 12:49 pm

I don’t mean to imply that Loughner was not responsible for his actions. Just the opposite, in fact. There is a logic to what people are referring to as his “ramblings,” and he does comprehend what has happened to him at school. He’s capable of reasoning and understanding consequences. In short, there is adequate reason to believe Sherrif Dupnik is correct in his assessment that Loughner is “unstable,” but not “insane.”

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