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Should mentally ill offenders receive treatment instead of jail time?

  • Have you ever drunk so much that your judgement failed you?

    It's because of imbalanced chemical works (as well as excited emotions) in your brain that is hard Or even better, have you ever had a sugar high or caffeine high to a point where you felt like not your usual self? For your brain to control. That is what often (but not all) naturally happens to a person's brain when they are going through a mental illness. Hence, if you can't control yourself from external force, how are you supposed to control yourself with internal force? Crimes influenced by mental illness should not be over looked, however, their brain chemicals as well as emotional trauma should be stabilised before any "jail time" should be considered. Give a stable person a chance to plead guilty or innocent, rather than give an unstable person to act out even more.

  • Yes

    Depending on the nature of the crime and the nature of the mental illness it may be beneficial to everyone to focus on treatment instead of punishment. Statistics show that when given positive rehabilitation, criminals are less likely to become repeat offenders. This would be good for the individuals as well as society.

  • Reform, not punishment

    It isn't just the mentally ill that require more treatment than punishment, it is almost every criminal. A system which is designed to help rather punish, with detainment as part of the process is what the nation requires. Mental health, job training, and becoming fit for society should be the goals of our prison system.

  • They need help

    Jail would just make them more mentally ill so they would be more likely to commit a crime again. Also mental illness causes people to do things out of character that they wouldn't usually do, so it is their illness taking over more than them being bad. Maybe if when they are well they don't regret what they did, they could have some kind of punishment but depending on what they did and how much they don't regret their actions. But getting treatment would resolve in less suffering for them and make them act like a better person because they would be like the person they were originally.

  • Unstable not stable

    If they are unstable, then most of them don't know what they are doing!! Why try and jail them, when what they do need is too be helped!! I read comments like after treatment they should be jailed, but why? I mean i get if they killed someone they shouldn't get away with it but if they haven't then after they have been treated for it they shouldn't have to stand trial as well, that isn't fair because they wasn't in the right frame of mind.
    I just feel that people don't understand what happens in their minds, i mean unless you have ever been unstable you can only image which isn't really the same of having it or had it, or know someone that is then you are you to judge.
    What is jail going to do to help them, nothing at all where as if they getting treatment then its helping them massively and giving them hope.
    People think that they aren't getting punished by this but in a way they already have and now they have to work hard to get better and that takes strength.
    So do i agree with them having treatment instead of jail time, 100%

  • Should be treated

    Of course everyone, no matter what the crime was must receive treatment. But mental ill has different gradations, which means not all of them requires treatment. Because attorney may speculate on such rule and put for treatment any one. But, meanwhile there must be severe mentally ill people that may need doctor assistance. Think about people that are in jail just because accidently killed someone, or someone that was mistaken and was not proved not guilty. Why should they suffer the presence of abnormal, uncontrolled people.

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  • No, they should not

    Mentally ill people are always saying i want to be treated the same way others are treated. Well that is what they should get they should go to jail just like any other person will go for committing a crime. Jail time is the most they should get. Thank you.

  • No, they should not.

    People who are mentally handicapped are what some people call, giant babies. They have the mindset roughly like a 5-10 year old would, depending on the severity of the mental illness. Since that is the way their mind is, they should be treated like, and cared for/watched over like a child. They were either born with this illness, or encountered it throughout life. If they are treated for it, they will spend the rest of their lives in treatment facilities getting medicine and treatment, but in reality, they will always be mentally ill. There is nothing anyone can do to cure someone who is like that. You can give them all the medicine, and treatment in the world, but they will always still be mentally ill, as terrible as that is, it's the cold hard truth. If people with mental illnesses would like to live, and be treated like a normal human being, then they should also be punished like a normal human being as well.

  • No they should not

    The reason they should not is because they should get treated like regular people especially if they commit a huge crime like murder or sexual harassment. If they just got treatment instead of jail or another punishment who knows if they will do it again. That is why mentally ill should be punished instead of receiving treatment.

  • Mentally ill criminals should be treated as ill as well as a criminal

    If someone is mentally ill, their condition does excuse not their crimes. they should receive treatment for their condition while serving time for whatever crime they committed. If they only receive jail time, with no treatment, when their sentence is done They will continue to be a criminal; If they receive only treatment they are being granted amnesty of their crimes because of their illness. Mentally ill criminals should be treated as exactly that, mentally ill and criminals....

  • No, They Should Not

    Mental illness or not, there needs to be accountability of violators of the laws of this nation. While the mentally ill do in fact need treatment and help, they cannot be given a free pass for their crimes simply because they are not right in the head. A mixture of both punishment and treatment is the best course of action.

  • Only with the exception of psychosis and then only if had the delusion been true it would've served as a possible legal defense

    If the person is psychotic then that is the only case I would say they should get treatment instead of jailtime, and then only if had their delusions been real it would've worked as a legal defense. Say for example someone hears voices in their head telling them they have to commit a crime to save the world or their family, that person shouldn't go to jail. BUT if the voices are saying that if they commit a crime they will magically win a million dollars then they should still go to jail because wanting to make money is not an excuse to commit a crime.

    For cases other than psychosis i.e. for emotional or mood or personality issues the person should still go to jail. Emotions don't eliminate culpability, even when the emotions are such that the medical profession sees fit to offer medical treatments for them. You can act contrary to your emotions if you choose to do so, and there are times when failing to do so shows a disregard for the rights of others that a person should rightfully be held responsible for. Sometimes these emotional states are so disturbing to the individual that they would benefit from psychiatric help and I think that healthcare along with all healthcare should be available for free. BUT it does NOT diminish responsibility for a crime or for a person's actions in general.

    Going to jail does NOT mean the person can't get treatment. Both physical and mental health treatments should be made more available for people everywhere including people in prison. BUT then they get the treatment in prison and even if they get better they should stay in prison and finish their sentence.

    The only time a person should not receive a prison sentence (and/or pay a fine), and only receive treatment (and then be released if they are cured or on a treatment regimen that is effective enough that they are no longer a significant risk) is when their delusion had it been true would've justified the act.

  • No they should not

    If mentally ill people were treated differently than normal criminals, than normal criminals can use being mentally ill as an excuse to not go to jail. Furthermore treating mentally ill patients cost a lot of money. It says in the constitution that everyone should be treated equal. This situation counts as well.

  • No, they should not,

    They should still go to prison. If you are intoxicated, and your are not right in your head (like someone who is mentally ill), and you kill someone or sexually harass someone, you will still go to prison, even though you were not right in the head at the time.

  • No they shouldnt

    They are mentally ill so puttting them in treatment might not even let them know that they did something wrong. It is just like as a child you learn to stop doing by getting punished. If your parents just say no, you are very likely to do it again anyway

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