(Quote) Ray-566531 said:
It should bother you -- and the rest of us. It's another example of injustices commited by the ...
(Quote) Ray-566531 said:
It should bother you -- and the rest of us. It's another example of injustices commited by the legal system. While it may be the best the world has to offer, it is still nevertheless, flawed. Reasonable efforts should be made to determine if the alleged perpetrator is able to understand the difference between right and wrong. A competent defense attorney should be requesting a psychological examination where mental incapacity might be an issue.
There are efforts, haphazard for now, to improve the quality of mental health care in the US. Perhaps this will bring increased awareness of the problems and a better understanding of how to deal with them.
An ex-pat Kiwi who now lives and works in America was telling me of a young man he knows who was told by the prosecutors that if he fought the clarification of his sanity they'd see to it his psych meds were withheld. His lawyer didn't even care.The kid went into an adult prision when he was 16, that was 10 odd years ago, he's still there.
I've seen teh same behaviour in NZL, where people who were clearly nuttier than squirrel poop were called "sane" for the benefit of public revenge. If they're declared mentally unwell, no revenge for the public, no apparently cushy life in a pysch ward.
Then of course, there's the racism of the DP system in America, the imbalance of more poor being executed than rich, and the horrific practice of executing people with mental, intellectual or physical special needs. Its a complete disgrace.
I understand there can be circumstances where the DP is justified, but really only as a last resort "lesser of two evils". The situations I can think where this would be the case: a post nuclear apocalypse where the justice system is in the toilet. Not 2013 in a modern, Western country.
I also understand that there are some people who are very dangerous and will always be a risk to people and the public safety, people who will never really be safe to see the light of day. Yet, the prision system as a whole is not designed to rehabilitate individuals who could benefit from it.
When Christ was talking about the least of these, and visiting people in jail, I don't think he was just refering to the poor innocent schmucks who get railroaded, or the mentally unwell. He was also talking about those who have done terrible things and should be in jail. But they need support also. They don'tloose their humanity or their dignity when they commit crimes of great violence.