Mental Illness And The American Civil Liberties Union Essay

1058 Words Nov 23rd, 2014 5 Pages
Recent studies show that 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental illness, this includes depression. Last year, almost 44 million adults experienced a mental illness. Mental illness is a medical condition which disrupts the individual’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to other people and their daily functioning. People with mental illnesses, most of the time, cannot understand what is right and what is wrong. Therefore, I feel that mentally ill offenders should not be held responsible for their actions. Instead, they should be getting the help they need to get better.
According to Crime and Criminals, “evidence supports that many people, including judges and jurors, misunderstand mental illness.” The American Civil Liberties Union is arguing that mentally ill criminals should not be executed. Misunderstanding an illness can possibly lead to an individual being put to death simply because they do not have a clear understanding between what is right and what is wrong. Mental Health America is a leading mental health group which made an estimate that five to ten percent of death row inmates suffer from a mental illness. The ones suffering from a mental illness are more vulnerable or sensitive to the pressure from the police. For instance, a mentally ill person being interrogated by the police are more likely to falsely confess to actions that they did not even understand. Studies also show that individuals who are mentally ill have difficulty understanding the Miranda…

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