The Mentally Ill
What Do You Do If a “Mentally ill” Person Is Violent?
The co- founder of CCHR, Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, says: “All criminal behavior should be controlled by means of criminal law, from the administration of which psychiatrists ought to be excluded.” Recently seen in the news today are the cases where violence is connected to people who were already under psychiatric care or their medications. Justice is based on the idea that each man is accountable for his actions. But each year thousands of criminals are excused of the most heinous crimes based on psychiatric testimony in courts. This undermines a key tool that society uses to protect itself from violent crime. If someone is violent or breaks the law, he or she should be dealt with the way all people are who do such things
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