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  •  You can be judged mental and not have (3+ / 0-)
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    committed a sex crime.

    There are a lot of people that get put in mental hospitals per a judge's order, on a doctor's opinions.

    On the wheel of ideology, the cogs of communism and fascism are close. -1, -1.59

    by Liberaltarianish on Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:43:17 AM PDT

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    •  into a hospital (1+ / 0-)
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      where they can and will be released if they show they are indeed not ill.

      (regarding the bank mess) They want to cure the patient but not deal with the disease.

      by dark daze on Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:55:10 AM PDT

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      •  after all (0+ / 0-)

        its not like we care for mental illness in this country.  Write a prescription and toss em to the streets.

        (regarding the bank mess) They want to cure the patient but not deal with the disease.

        by dark daze on Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:56:09 AM PDT

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      •  I figured this was the outcome the SCOTUS (0+ / 0-)

        was referring to...I misread if continuing to jail is the option they endorsed.

        On the wheel of ideology, the cogs of communism and fascism are close. -1, -1.59

        by Liberaltarianish on Mon May 17, 2010 at 10:04:00 AM PDT

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      •  there's the catch (1+ / 0-)
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        I live in Minnesota, which has a relatively long history of civil committment programs for those deemed sexual predators. In practice, "sex offender treatment" is life in prison without parole. In the many years the programs have existed not a single 'patient' has successfully completed 'treatment.' Think about it: How many psychiatrists or other medical professionals are willing to sit in a hearing and testify that Patient X is 'cured'?

        Basically, it seems like the state has to pretend to be treating these people because they can't just keep them in prison once their sentences are completed. When these people were incarcerated it was because they were considered criminally culpable. Then, when their criminal sentence is served the state decides they are so mentally ill they have to be involuntarily committed.

        Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

        by Joe Bob on Mon May 17, 2010 at 10:58:19 AM PDT

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        •  they were born in the wrong century (0+ / 0-)

          born a few hundreds years ago , or in the mid east  they arent mental, there just guys.  Pretty weird to think about huh.

          (regarding the bank mess) They want to cure the patient but not deal with the disease.

          by dark daze on Mon May 17, 2010 at 01:18:35 PM PDT

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