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Should the mentally handicapped be held responsible for their crimes?

Posted by on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:06 PM
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Say a severely handicapped person, accidentally kills a friend/family member/stranger, would you want them convicted and put in prison?
Or would you sentence them to a psych hospital where they are comfy and well taken care of?
by on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:06 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:08 PM
I think it depends and you can't really make a blanket opinion. It would have to be looked at on a case by case basis.
Medic32
by Go PREDS! on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Yea.

If they are incapable of controlling their actions, they need to be placed in a facility.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Judging by your description I'm guessing you have never seen the in side of a psych hospital,  they are rarely comfy and the patients are rarely taken care of well! 

sgillen
by Silver Member on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:10 PM
That's a tough one! But I agree with this.

Quoting Anonymous: I think it depends and you can't really make a blanket opinion. It would have to be looked at on a case by case basis.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:10 PM
It depends. Do they know right from wrong? If so, then they shoukd be held accountable, if not, they should be held in a psychiatric facility.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:11 PM

agree

Quoting sgillen: That's a tough one! But I agree with this.
Quoting Anonymous: I think it depends and you can't really make a blanket opinion. It would have to be looked at on a case by case basis.


handy0318
by Ruby Member on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:12 PM
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This...

Frankly, I'd far rather be incarcerated in a prison than in a psych ward.


Quoting Anonymous 1:

Judging by your description I'm guessing you have never seen the in side of a psych hospital,  they are rarely comfy and the patients are rarely taken care of well! 


lollip0p
by Ruby Member on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:13 PM

The way you've worded that makes your opinion very clear.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 5 on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Mental, hospitals, in the old days, were places, of suffering, for the mentally handicapped. Not anymore.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 6 on Nov. 8, 2014 at 11:13 PM

It depends on the details of the crime and their condition. If a person were to be playing with DS and accidentally pushed him too hard because they didn't realize their own strength and he fell in the road and was hit by a car I would say nothing because it would just be a horrible accident. If they were schizophrenic and murdered my kid I think a pshych ward would be the best fit. If they are bipolar and shoot up a school than incarceration incarceration would be the best outcome.

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