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David's Hope: Prison, Solitary, and the Mentally Ill

• Arizona Prison Watch
Arizona has a long history of brutality in its prisons, being first at producing a supermax prison and choosing to incarcerate endless numbers of individuals with serious mental illness within its walls. The current director has replaced rehabilitative policies with chemical gassing and attack dogs which are used frequently.

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Comment by Courtney Jalospanis
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Alleluja, Brag. 


Comment by Boston Releigh
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 A lover of two-legged criminally insane animals in the cage …

As usual, Laura Borst’s comment is off her rocker. She is against the solitary confinement, and even opposed to the isolation of the most dangerous criminally insane killers. In that latest multiple murders committed by the criminally insane Jared Loughner including the shooting of a Congresswoman in Arizona, several lives would have been saved had this dangerous crackpot been isolated or quarantined in the solitary cell of a mental asylum, a safety procedure that this commentator Borst strangely opposed with contempt. Readers including myself are inclined to believe that is where mentally-disturbed radicals should also be confined.

Laura sounds teary-eyed when she chastised and condemned Arizona prison authorities for the right, proper and extremely necessary treatment of the mentally insane that act like wild beasts, like putting the most dangerous criminally insane of them all in a solitary confinement. She confirms author Mary Lou Brncik’s, distorted thinking on this subject when she said those safety measures taken by prison authorities "lack of respect for human dignity". Like Charles Manson or Jared Loughner, what "human dignity" do they deserve? These beatnik commentators cannot understand that these are "creatures" lower than "animals" that for the protection and safety of the public, should be put in the cage where they belong – and forever, never to kill again.

Comment by Laura Borst
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While prisons, especially what are described as "Supermax" prisons, are not nice places to be, mental institutions are often worse places. People can more easily be forcibly drugged in mental institutions. People do not have as much access to due process under the mental "health care" system as they do under the criminal justice system. Being labeled "mentally ill" could cause prisoners to be incarcerated for longer periods of time than they would otherwise, because stays in mental institutions are often indeterminate, and someone(particularly someone who is only accused of a minor offense) could be under the control of the system for much longer. Psychiatric "treatments" often have suppressive, debilitating effects, which too often can be permanent. 

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