Wednesday, October 5, 2016

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. CRIME, MENTAL ILLNESS, AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. PT 1.



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Probably Nothing that occurs during the Course of a CRIMINAL TRIAL Provokes as much EMOTION AS A PLEA OF INSANITY OR MENTAL ILLNESS BY A DEFENDANT.  To some it MEANS:

-  An Excuse by the Accused to Avoid RESPONSIBILITY FOR ILLEGAL ACTIONS, SO PUNISHMENT IS NOT WARRANTED.

-  A Ploy by a CLEVER ATTORNEY to get his CLIENT OFF THE HOOK.

TO OTHERS:

-  PROTECTION FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS.

-  A Way to Mitigate Guilt for an Individual who could not CONTROL THEIR BEHAVIOR, DUE TO THE REDUCED INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY TO UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS.

Yet, all to Often this ESSENTIAL PART OF A CRIMINAL PROCEEDING IS TURNED INTO A POLITICAL FREE FOR ALL, AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS TURNED ON ITS HEAD.  IN THAT CASE NO ONE WINS.

HOWEVER, lets take this ONE STEP AT A TIME, TAKING NOTHING FOR GRANTED.  FIRST, WE MUST  IGNORE ALL THE DIATRIBE, DOUBLE TALK, AND POLITICAL POSTURING.  These Have Been, and still are, Needless Distractions that do NOTHING TO ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF JUSTICE.


To Begin with;  What is MENTAL ILLNESS?
(MY DEFINITION).

ANSWER-  ANYTHING THAT PREVENTS OR HINDERS AN INDIVIDUALS ABILITY TO MAKE REASONED CHOICES, OR THE DIMINISHED MENTAL CAPACITY TO ADJUST ONES BEHAVIOR TO CORRESPOND WITH THE CONTENT OF A GIVEN SITUATION, SO THAT IT REMAINS ACCEPTABLE 
TO THE NORMS AND REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS OF SOCIETY.

With this DEFINITION, WE MUST MOVE ON TO THE SECOND QUESTION:

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OR SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS?

That is a QUESTION THAT CAN ONLY BE ANSWERED BY;

-  UNDERSTANDING THE CAUSES.

-  DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN PHYSICAL OR INTERNAL CAUSES THAT MAY BE PRESENT AT BIRTH, OR FROM A MALADY ENTERING THE BODY, THAT CREATE IMBALANCES IN THE BODIES CHEMISTRY, ESPECIALLY THE BRAIN.

AND....

LOOK FOR PART TWO.