Is it Time to Contemplate Preventative Detention?

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It might take a constitutional amendment, but we may have to start thinking about it. 

 

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  1. The US currently has about the same number of mentally ill people locked down as it did in the mid-nineteenth century – about 40+k, thanks to budget cuts and civil rights laws. It’s estimated that there are about seven million severely mentally ill people in the country, of whom about one percent are dangerous. That’s still about 70k people. Some of them can get hold of guns, despite any laws. We need to spend the money on institutions, and adjust civil rights laws to better balance public versus individual rights in favor of the public.

  2. Where’s the neuroscience and forensic psychology data supporting predictions of violence across the range of real and imagined provocations?
    How are violent self defense and violent offense defined and differentiated? What level of violence is justified in each situation? And so on …

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