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Interesting Statistics Regarding Deinstitutionalization Of Mentally Ill And Crime

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Ann Althouse pointed out an interesting statistic regarding the deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill and crime.

Deinstitutionalization played a substantial role in the dramatic increase in violent crime rates in America in the 1970s and 1980s. People who might have been hospitalized in 1950 or 1960 when they first exhibited evidence of serious mental illness today remain at large until they commit a serious felony. The criminal justice system then usually sends these mentally ill offenders to prison, not a mental hospital.

The result is a system that is bad for the mentally ill: prisons, in spite of their best efforts, are still primarily institutions of punishment, and are inferior places to treat the mentally ill. It is a bad system for felons without mental illness problems, who are sharing facilities with the mentally ill, and are understandably afraid of their unpredictability. It is a bad system for the victims of those mentally ill felons, because in 1960, a mentally ill person was much more likely to have been hospitalized before victimizing someone else. It is a bad system for the taxpayers, who foot the bill for expensive trials and long prison sentences for the headline tragedies, and hundreds of thousands of minor offenses, instead of the much less expensive commitment procedures and perhaps shorter terms of treatment.




  1. iamthegps

    December 16th, 2012

    The problem is that after the 1960s when people finally started realizing that you could get somebody thrown in an institution just by faking some paperwork they reacted by making it so hard to get people into mental hospitals when they really needed treatment that stuff like this ends up happening. We’ve gone from one extreme to the other and look who comes out on top- nobody.

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  2. AvgDude

    December 16th, 2012

    The 1975 SCOTUS decision of O’Connor v. Donaldson made states financially liable for punitive settlements from civil lawsuits over abuse, injuries, or death occurring during involuntary commitment to a state mental hospital. After that, a lot of states lost their insurance to cover such costs and, hence, shut down all non-criminal mental hospitals, reclassifying people who would normally get committed as “outpatients” or not even in treatment.

    It’s not a coincidence that after this decision, the homeless rate boomed and a lot of inner cities became congested with nut jobs who 50 years ago would’ve been carted off to the loony bin. The loony bin no longer exists. It’s the streets we all must walk on now that contain the hard core head cases who haven’t committed a major crime yet.

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  3. Nutjob

    December 16th, 2012

    and a lot of inner cities became congested with nut jobs

    Luckily I live in the country, or I’d think you was referring to me..LOL

    It got worse here in indiana downtown indianapolis when Democratic governor Evan Bayh closed down central state a gubment instituion so we could acclamate them into society.
    Ummmm, they were there because they didn’t fit in society. He did it for money savings.

    He then opened shitloads of community mental health clinics with lots of high paid shrinks eating up any savings to disperse medications for these normal peoples acclamation.

    Now you have them wandering around everywhere downtown, committing crimes, begging for money, and just plain ole acclamating themselves…..as you see them without shoes in winter, or walk across streets without looking.

    Another 1 in southern indiana, Mascatatuck, and basically told the families come and get them, then gave the entire self sustaining facility over to homeland security.

    Just like democrats to kick the homeless and mentally out of supervised environments as long as it goes to homeland security.

    Soldiers and sailers home, been around and started from the orphans in the civil war, needed all kinds of repairs allegedly 24 million and would be to costly to fix. The HHS person in indiana said these kids need to be integrated into our communities. SHe should know she has a doctrine, she made the decision and then quit to leave for another position, she was brought in for this reason and this reason only.
    It had dorms, a farm, vegetable gardens, a radio staion, offered skilled trades.
    These kids were there for a reason either bad parents or no home or community to go to.

    Closed down the 150 year old facility and give it to who? Homeland Security.
    Who then said we got a great deal on a facility that only needs 4 or 5 million in repairs?
    What do you mean only 4 to 5 milion the great doctor said it needed 20 to 30 million….were the people intentionally lied to so homeland security can now have another facility in the rural areas to watch the …lone wolfs?

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  4. HooHooNayNay

    December 17th, 2012

    Gov. Quinn just shut down Singer, our institution, as a money saving measure. Now the mentally ill come to the hospital, and we can’t discharge them because they’re too unstable. Like running down the hall eating the pushpins out of the corkboards unstable. Families threaten to sue the hospital if we don’t keep them safe. And we have a new term at work when working with these patients; protect your teeth. They like to take a swing at you. Oh well, I have two shifts left then I’m out.

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  5. thirdtwin

    December 17th, 2012

    Of course, this is all Reagan’s fault. Or so we will begin hearing from the left today.

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