DJP thanks Treatment Advocacy Center for its article: "Competency Restoration vs Psychiatric Treatment". Minnesota is to be credited for standing up for the moral and ethical good. Unfortunately, it won't stop prosecutors from pursuing preparing people who were neurologically detached from reality when unlawful or violent acts were committed - for prosecution. Nonetheless, whatever the … Continue reading State of Minnesota DHS: Not Our Job to Provide Competency Restoration Beds
A neuroscientist's story about her stroke, recovery, and the insight she gained. My Stroke of Insight is a book written a decade ago by brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor. I just recently learned about the Jill Bolte Taylor story when I caught the tail end of a radio program. What piqued my attention was the … Continue reading The Brain That Has a Mind of its Own.
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.
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.
Before the criminal justice system can begin to curtail punishing the symptomatic behaviors of severe mental illness to the extent that it needs to, we must come to terms with what we are as human beings. As it stands now, many of us hold near absolutist notions of what makes us good or evil beings … Continue reading Punishing Brains, We Know Not What We Are.