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But They Don't Count, or Do They?

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 5:00 PM

In the past year, TV and newspapers have reported quite dramatically on the killings of black males. Among the cases have been the shooting of a black male in North Charleston, SC, the "accidental shooting" -- rather, tasering -- of a black man in Oklahoma, the choke hold death of...

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Mentally Ill Police Encounters and Potentially Deadly Consequences

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 12:38 PM

We just witnessed in NYC the deadly consequences of an allegedly mentally-ill young man who killed two police officers under the probable delusion that he was taking revenge for the Michael Brown (Ferguson Mo.) and Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.) cases. The NYC killer who was in and out of...

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From the Lunatic Asylum of Old to the Jails and Prisons of Today: Is This Progress?

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:23 PM

For nearly 200 years (1790-1980), the care of the mentally ill was, in the United States, the primary responsibility of lunatic asylums. The grand idea of the asylums was gradually replaced by the modern psychiatric hospital, a state institution rife with overcrowding, minimal care, and even painful, mind-numbing electroshock therapy...

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Neglected Issues -- Police Killings of the Mentally Ill and the Lack of Police and Mental Health Relations

(8) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 4:02 PM

Co-authored by Ashley Fresenius

We have witnessed over the past several years increasing concern over violence by the mentally ill. Major incidents such as Newtown, Connecticut; Aurora, Colorado; Tucson, Arizona and Virginia Tech have all drawn wide scale public attention through the media and have increased public stigma against the...

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Mental Illness and Criminal Justice: Our Impossible, Contradictory Polices and Their Tragic Impact

(36) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 1:37 PM

In recent months, the nation has suffered a string of unspeakable horrors carried out by individuals with significant emotional problems. The list of shootings is not short; the toll of dead and wounded continues to mount: 20 students and six school personnel in Newtown, Conn.; two firefighters in Webster, New...

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