Sunday, September 09, 2007

Good thing? Or Bad thing?

Would this have helped with handling Cotton or Peters? Would it even apply?

Bill calls for allowing jails to medicate mentally ill inmates

The state Senate voted 36-0 Friday to approve Senate Bill 568, which would allow county jail facilities to provide medications to defendants with mental illnesses so the defendants could stand trial...

...Existing law provides that if a defendant is found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial, the trial or judgment is suspended until the defendant is restored to mental competency, according to a news release from Wiggins. Current laws also require county law enforcement to take the “incompetent to stand trial” defendant to a state hospital or treatment facility in order to restore the defendant to competency.

...If this defendant has been accused of committing a felony offense, involving great bodily harm or another serious crime, the law allows the defendant to be involuntarily medicated in a mental hospital or facility, according to the news release.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are certain things that can't be legislated. These two were suffering from mental illness, heavy duty drug use or both. Bad things happen that are not always the fault of the authorities or the government. Sad but true, that's life.

Spike said...

I LOVE...

Miss you too Rose...

Never let the haters win!

Rose said...

Take care of yourself. Keep making your videos.