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  • Lyceum lecturer to talk about criminalization of mentally ill, Tuesday

    Which "mentally ill?" Surely you do not mean all of us, do you? That's a pretty broad stretch.

    Earley's book, "Crazy," chronicles his family's experience with his son's disorder and his investigation into the criminalization of the mentally ill, a trend being felt in Victoria and across the U.S

    Which of "the" mentally ill? Surely you do not mean all of us, do you? That's a pretty broad stretch.

    Gulf Bend and area law enforcement have worked toward not criminalizing those with mental illnesses through jail diversion for several years

    Which of "those with mental illnesses?" Surely you do not mean all of us, do you? That's a pretty broad stretch.

    You are writing about a specific minority you have not clearly defined. The vast majority of those of us dealing with a mental illness never have, and never will, see the inside of a jail.

    "The only time I thought about mental illness is when I ran into someone who was homeless screaming on a D.C. sidewalk. I figured he was a bum," he said. "And then my son became that psychotic screaming man and I learned that mental disorders can hit anyone, any family."

    Yes, that is one view of mental illnesses, here is another, people engaged at every level of employment from highest professional through every blue and white collar job.

    Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor
    khmaio@earthlink.net

    November 11, 2010 at 6:54 p.m.
  • The U.S will ruin itself with its system. Either it be using taxpayer money to pay for prisoners or half concocted prgrams that end up gong back to the drawing board. We kind of need to take a lesson from other countries and either enforce a policy to execute people or have them do every low level job that is available. Why have jails/prisons packed at ver 2 million? We can solve some overpopulation issues right there? If they plead insanity, put them in a good program of rehabilitation or care, depending on the severity.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:45 p.m.