2nd Degree Murder Plea in Wake Case Raises Competence Questions 2

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Since the Newtown shootings, public debate has focused on gun violence and mental health resources. That tragedy and others have pointed out that neither the government nor the health care sector has figured out the best way to help people with mental illness before they commit a crime. When the crime occurs, it’s left to
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American Jails Have Become De Facto Psychiatric Facilities, Concl.

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In North Carolina, it is a crime to strike an emergency room nurse or doctor. Depending on the harm inflicted, an offender can be charged with misdemeanor or felony assault. While it makes sense to arrest someone who intentionally attacks a nurse for criminal purposes, the law is less clear-cut when we think about the person
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American Jails Have Become De Facto Psychiatric Facilities, P. 3

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We are close to wrapping up our discussion of how jails and prisons are dealing with the mentally ill. Anyone involved with the criminal justice system — either defense or prosecution — is aware that the number of inmates with mental illness has increased dramatically over the past two decades. The problem, of course, is that
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American Jails Have Become De Facto Psychiatric Facilities, P. 2

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North Carolina recognized long ago that jail and prison inmates often suffer from mental illness. The Department of Correction had dedicated mental health facilities long before the Reagan Administration shut down state hospitals across the country. That de-institutionalization, though, put a whole new population of men and women on the streets; many went from inpatient
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