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Mar 18 Pew: Crossing border illegally more than once drives uptick in federal immigration crime
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Nov 22 Shattered Dreams: Jan Brewer’s Arizona fails to investigate 6000 cases of child abuse
I’m not saying Juana could have prevented the massive CPS negligence, but with her education, heart and work ethic, she would have improved the culture at CPS, and would have helped the fragile, abused children who crossed her path.
Mental illness and guns
Mental illness and guns

Here’s the problem with crazy  people over 18, like Jared Loughner,  James Holmes, or Adam Lanza, who slaughtered 20 kids and six adults  in Newtown, Connecticut.

They are so crazy they don’t think they’re crazy.

And neither does the law, necessarily.

For years, states have tried to honor the rights of people who don’t want to be treated for their mental illness, so unless adults ask for help, or prove to be a danger to themselves or others, they don’t have to be on meds.

Read Pete Earley’s book, Crazy. The father of a mentally-ill son, Earley chronicles his efforts to get his son committed, so he could get help. His son, of course, did not want help because he did not understand he was mentally ill. Earley tells about one incident when his son is seeing messages and patterns in a magazine as an emergency-room doctor signs his release papers.

What Earley  learned, painfully and repetitively,  is that he could not demonstrate that his adult son was a danger to himself or others until his son committed a crime.  Most mentally ill people who commit crimes tend to commit inconsequential crimes. In Earley’s son’s case, it was a burglary in which he spent hours in a stranger’s bathtub.

In the case of Loughner and Holmes and Lanza, though, the crimes were atypically horrific.

But anyone with a mentally ill adult child will tell you getting treatment for these  people  is often legally impossible — until it’s too late.