Here is the story: http://www.boston.com/news/loc…
Once again, history of suicide attempts. History of mental health problems.
Dead – and with over crowding, cuts in prison mental health, cuts in staffing, cuts in mental health hospital beds, expect more of these deaths.
I gather with imprisonment costing “only” $45k a year and hospital beds with psychiatric treatment costing $150k-$250k the mortality of the mentally ill in prison is acceptable.
Again, some need round the clock residential care, and will become imprisoned because they only feel safe locked up.
I told my son this, and he had me watch the movie Shawshank Redemption. He is a criminal justice major and said that everyone at his university who is a criminal justice major is required to watch Shawshank Redemption.
So – all of you – I challenge you to watch that movie.
If we neither educate, nor treat the mental and physical illnesses and learning disabilities of the “stragglers” from the human herd, we condemn them to prison, poverty, and a downward spiral.
The strong will make it and take care of themselves. The weak need our commitment to “Serve, Protect, and Defend.”
See: http://www.shawshankredemption… A fanpage with more than you ever wanted to know about the film…or maybe, about this society.