Guilty But Mentally Ill – A bizarre and unnecessary verdict

GBMI is a product of misunderstanding of serious mental illness, a rejection of insanity, and the unquenched thirst for vengeance.  The lesser charge against this verdict is that it is a mockery of the convicted person.  The most serious charge is that it is a grotesque violation of the moral and ethical principles of justice.  … Continue reading Guilty But Mentally Ill – A bizarre and unnecessary verdict

“The gap between what we know and what we do is unacceptable.” Dr. Thomas Insel

The quote is from this article: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/the-smartphone-psychiatrist/528726/ It seems like every shimmering insight into disorders of the mind over the past century has become the subject of intractable controversy. The terminologies ‘brain’ and ‘mind’ are not interchangeable, however, the mind is a composition of certain functionalities of the brain and all of the neural processes … Continue reading “The gap between what we know and what we do is unacceptable.” Dr. Thomas Insel

Science Daily Article: Early screening for psychosis may prevent violence

Due justice Project has called for society to take a proactive approach to violence prevention in serious mental illness.  The following is a link to an article on violence prevention that is dual-posted to the Blog and About Psychosis pages.  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170717091015.htm Society is going to have to come to terms with the fact that there … Continue reading Science Daily Article: Early screening for psychosis may prevent violence

WP Article: Does Death Penalty Target Mentally Ill?

Link: Mentally Ill Put To Death In Disproportionate Numbers There is a reason why we should find people with SMI being killed by The State in much greater numbers than they are represented in the general public.  The 'common criminal' without a diagnosable SMI commits crimes that generally look different from those committed by someone in the throes of psychosis … Continue reading WP Article: Does Death Penalty Target Mentally Ill?

SMI Diagnosis can be a death sentence.

Due Justice Project does not normally comment on specific legal cases.  However, today it must speak out about a case in which the actions of the criminal justice system reflected willful moral depravity.  For the governor of Virginia to refuse to commute the sentence of William Morva on the assertion that the trial was fair … Continue reading SMI Diagnosis can be a death sentence.

Richmond Sheriff: Mentally Ill Do Not Belong in Correctional Facilities

It is difficult to acquire depth perception on SMI without seeing it up close.  Sheriffs and wardens across this country are tasked with the challenge of having to manage facilities that are populated with ever-increasing numbers of inmates who are afflicted with SMI.   Seeing SMI up close provides these professionals with an opportunity to acquire insight into these tragic … Continue reading Richmond Sheriff: Mentally Ill Do Not Belong in Correctional Facilities

Students of Forensic Psychiatry See SMI Up Close.

Today,  a link is added to this blog page to an article published on the News and Events page of Lander College for Men.    Link to article: Seeing SMI Up Close Enlightening to Forensic Psy Students DJP especially appreciates the comments of a student who remarks about how seeing the inside of the criminal justice system opened … Continue reading Students of Forensic Psychiatry See SMI Up Close.