Get a load of these softies on crime:
- "Gov. Timothy M. Kaine told a conference here Wednesday that better access to community mental health services is the key to keeping people with mental illness from being jailed unnecessarily."
- "Richard J. Bonnie [chairman of the Commission on Mental Health Reform, set up in 2005 by the VA Supreme Court] said the stories he hears often follow similar lines: A person has a mental health problem, their family's attempts to get them help are unsuccessful and the person's problems worsen until they wind up in jail, ensnared in the justice system.
[it's not like those people end up killing cops just because they can't get a pill. C'mon!!]
- "Annette Miller, senior assistant public defender in Virginia Beach, said she still sees people languishing in jail because they are mentally ill. Some come in facing minor offenses, then are found incompetent to stand trial."