Okay so do you think people who commit crimes who are mentally ill or have a bad substance abuse problem should be thrown in our prisons or brought to get help in a treatment type facility? Statistics show people with these kind of problems most often have multiple offenses, but with not getting the help they need how are they to stop? Wouldnt it be better to take the tax money that goes towards first time offenders to put them in a treatment facility verses a prison that they are more likely to visit more then once?Answer Question
Answer by sati769leigh at 3:22 PM on Feb. 9, 2010
Answer by jaelynsmama07 at 3:41 PM on Feb. 9, 2010
Okay so do you think people who commit crimes who are mentally ill or have a bad substance abuse problem should be thrown in our prisons or brought to get help in a treatment type facility?
No, prison is not meant to address substance abuse. When people abuse drugs, prescription drugs, and/or alcohol their is usually an underlying issue like depression.
Answer by SRiveroC at 3:45 PM on Feb. 9, 2010
Answer by jaelynsmama07 at 4:01 PM on Feb. 9, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 5:11 PM on Feb. 9, 2010
Its quite upsetting that you lump people with mental illness in the same catergory as drug users. One has a choice, one does not.
People with mental illness need to be treated for their illness it depends on their crime what their punishment should be. That lady that killed her 5 kids for instance is sane while on meds. She is in jail and on her meds (whcih she hates because thats when she can comprehend what she did) ..she should still stay in jail...her kids are gone forever and they suffered...
You can't help a drug abuser that don't want to get better, so they should be offered rehab, but still get prison time
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:35 PM on Feb. 9, 2010
I know its not meant to address it, but our tax dollars are paying for it and wouldnt it make more sense for people who have these problems to go get treatment or help from some place that could help them?
You cannot force "help" on them. Anyone that has experience will tell ou that you cannot help them until they want to help themsleves and that shouldn't be instead of punishment for their crime
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:36 PM on Feb. 9, 2010
Answer by Jenna66 at 6:06 PM on Feb. 9, 2010
Sometimes you have to FORCE help on the mentally ill. In some cases they can't make decisions on their own to better themselves or get and stay on medication.
O yes, I know that...I meant you cant force a drug abuser to get help. So offering to lessen a sentence in exchange for rehab does nothing for them
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:57 PM on Feb. 9, 2010
Answer by yourspecialkid at 8:53 PM on Feb. 9, 2010