Pros And Cons Of Mentally Ill Offenders

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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
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If these people are not getting the medication they need, their behavior may frighten the jurors which would serve as another base for death. On the other hand, if they are given strong doses of their anti- psychotic drugs, it may cause them to act as if they do not care about the case and what would happen to them. When they get locked up, the facilities are not equipped, in any way, to help the mentally ill. But then others are saying that they only want to prove their insanity to serve time in a psychiatric hospital rather than in prison. However, this does not mean that all of the crimanals are trying to prove that they are insane. There are, in fact, the ones out there who are mentally ill and do not know right from wrong. “You see people who are profoundly ill that you understand that this is not the place for them” (Tapia, p.

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