Criminal Justice and the Mentally Ill

Friday, June 13, 2014

A view of the buildings at Rikers Island. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Glazer, director of the mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and co-chair of the mayor's new Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, talks about the issues they'll face as they devise recommendations to address cases where the civil rights of the mentally ill come up against demands for community safety.


Elizabeth Glazer

Comments [8]

There is NO CONFLICT Between the civil rights of mentally ill and the public good WHY? Because Psych meds do NOT help anyone - the patients or the public - because they CAUSE mental illness and are the CAUSE of the shooting, not the cure. THe more 'treatment" with these deadly drugs, the more violence you will see l/4 of the population takes psych drugs- THAT is what is causing all these shootings in addition the the violent videos which TRAIN people to be killing machines (why is anyone surprised?) movies with GUNS, tv, etc. programming everywhere. THe psych drugs HYPNOTIZE people, SO DOES FLUORIDATED water which is mass drugging. Both were used by the Nazis to make prisoners docile. THe Nazis killed mental patients with psych drugs in the t4 euthanasia program THIs genocide has continued since using Mental Health as a cover. Demons cause mental illness. Jesus rebuked them & gave his followers authority to do it. It works. Prisoners ALL need to have bibles so they can PRAY, NOT be on psych drugs which make them suicidal. JESUS heals. Prisoners simply need to be told that the voices they hear in jail are NOT hallucinations, and they are NOT going crazy, which distresses them , but rather just to ignore or rebuke the demons in Jesus name. I spent 8 months in solitary I know this from experience CUomo needs to PARDON David Berkowitz the SON OF SAM who killed people in NYC in the 70s since he has a valuable testimony that JESUS Heals. He has been saved for 20 years and is NO LONGER CRAZY or Dangerous. He WAS crazy from dabbling in the occult, which opened him to demons. see free books, articles, at see ARTICLES BY CATEGORY page articles in most recent order

Jun. 13 2014 01:10 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Robots are the answer. We will have to give every mentally a robot companion to watch him or her, and to help as needed. Such robots could be reused as well.

Jun. 13 2014 11:37 AM
Laurel from Brooklyn

Thank you for addressing this issue. As a native NYC resident with lifelong mental illness I would like to point out that homelessness, medication compliance and a willingness to participate in mental health treatment is directly related to CRIME and IMPRISIONMENT. Affordable housing programs through NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene needs more funding. A person living with mental illness is at a very high risk of becoming unstable without safe housing, whether that is "supportive" housing with social workers staffed 24/7 and medication compliance or independent "supported" housing with required check ins and evaluation by a long term social worker. FUND NYC DOHMH HOUSING.

Jun. 13 2014 11:33 AM
Nick from UWS

Another dull witted city spokesman without any thoughts on anything, no passion for the subject, and whose main job is to avoid answering direct questions. This "task force" will accomplish nothing.

Jun. 13 2014 11:14 AM
Amy from Manhattan

What will it take before we don't wait until someone dies before we do something about prison conditions for mentally ill people or security cameras in public housing or so many other things that are within our power to change?

On the previous Gov. Cuomo's closing of mental hospitals, it's not just that he closed them...OK, I hear Brian's addressing this right now. Thanks!

Jun. 13 2014 11:11 AM
JD from NYC

did anyone bring up Jane Doe in CT prison, a minor in an adult's prison held in solitary confinement and charged with nothing?

Jun. 13 2014 11:08 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The liberal "progressives' have no answers, just the usual liberal rhetoric using terms like "points of light," et al, but no serious solutions. You cannot cure them, and some are dangerous if allowed loose into society. Naturally, the progressives want more 'social workers" or monies spent on hiring more of them, but they have no solutions to this intractable problem. They just want more poverty pimp jobs.

Jun. 13 2014 11:08 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

We closed the looney bins back in the 80s and put the loons into the prison system instead. That way there is fewer need for costly doctors, psychiatrists, and other expensive health workers. Basically imprisoning the more dangerous loons is what was done centuries ago, so this is nothing new. Opening special homes and sanitariums was considered "progressive" in its day, but it turned out to be both expensive and there was no curing most of these hard core lunatics. And we are not Nazi Germany and don't euthanize our mentally deranges, so they have to be physically housed somewhere. What is the reasonable solution?

Jun. 13 2014 11:02 AM

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