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Missing Mile Opinion: Mental Illness and the Law

In Polls on August 21, 2009 at 8:35 am

  1. I personally feel that it depends on the situation, as you can not simply let someone who kills their entire family in the middle of the night go because they say the Devil made them do it. So if the person is indeed suffering from a mental illness, it would depend on the illness, the crime, et cetera. Now, regardless of whether or not they were prosecuted, I do think if the person has an illness that would or could result in them committing a crime, that they be forced to participate in professional help if they’re not willing to get it themselves. That is my two cents.

  2. Thank you for sharing your opinion on this matter. The point you made about forcing these individuals to participate in professional help if they are not willing to get it themselves is an interesting one.

    Personally, I feel that professional help should be offered as a rehabilitation effort, and if they refuse then they should be subject to the full extent of punishment under the law for the crime they have committed. While I do believe in the protection and rights of the individual, I feel when their actions threaten the rights of a community, the collective should be priority.

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