Skip to comments.A Schizophrenic, a Slain Worker, Troubling Questions
Posted on 06/17/2011 2:46:04 PM PDT by KantianBurke
BOSTON Last November, Yvette Chappell found herself increasingly anxious that her 27-year-old son, Deshawn James Chappell, was spiraling downward into deep psychosis. He was exhibiting intense paranoia and calling late at night to complain about deafening voices in his head.
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It is not as if those were the only two choices.
Why did we close all the mental hospitals?
Why did we close all the mental hospitals?”
Because we transferred all the inmates to Washington, D.C.
They made it harder for the Democrat voters to get to the polls.
People lobbied to close mental hospitals saying that too many were incarcerated there and that they received little treatment while there and that they would have better quality of life ‘in the real world’ and that mental hospital abuses were too numerous. So basically it was for ‘humanitarian reasons.’ A friend of mine is a clinical psychologist. She said that it’s almost impossible to get the hospitals to hold a seriously ill patient for more than 12 hours and those rare individuals who somehow get into ‘the system’ usually receive no treatment other than tranquilizers in addition to their regular mood/stabilizer drugs while there. Then those lucky ones are released too soon.
Would you give a synopsis. Don’t feel like clicking on nyt today — had my fill already!
Well in my oppinion this is a difficult topic.
Because is it fair to lock someone up for the rest of his/her life because he/she was once “insane” and there for not responsible for what he did?
Even at times where he/she is clearly stable now?
Of course on the other side potential victims have to be protected.
I guess there is no perfekt solution to this one.
Deshawn James Chappell
His mother was worried about him spiraling out of control RECENTLY?!
2003: Charged with armed robbery, assault with intent to rob in Chelsea; disposition unknown.
- 2004: Charged with disorderly conduct, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Chelsea; disposition unknown.
- 2005: Charged with trespassing in Chelsea; disposition unknown.
- March 14, 2006: Charged with assault and battery and violating a restraining order in Chelsea for punching his stepfather in the face; charges dismissed in July 2006.
- Nov. 9, 2006: Charged with beating and robbing his girlfriend in Lynn; charges dismissed in April 2008.
- Nov. 13, 2006: Charged in Roxbury District Court with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and violating a restraining order; found guilty in April 2007 and sentenced to one year in jail, three months to serve.
- March 13, 2007: Charged with selling marijuana and a drug violation near a school or park; disposition unknown.
- March 3, 2008: Arrested for larceny for stealing $300 worth of baby curtains and linens from a Chelsea shop; pleaded guilty in February 2009 and put on probation for six months. Case dismissed on Nov. 12, 2009, when he paid restitution.
- June 30, 2008: Violated his probation, according to a judges ruling; probation terminated October 2008.
- Sept. 8, 2009: Barred from contacting a Chelsea woman, who accused him of threats and harassment, according to a restraining order issued by a Chelsea District Court judge.
- July 7, 2010: Arraigned for procuring alcohol for a minor in Somerville District Court. A guilty finding was entered Aug. 18.
Chappells mother, who would not identify herself, spoke briefly with reporters.
He is a great kid and a loving son, she said before leaving the area.
NY Times Article Ponders Whether Budget Cuts Caused Social Workers Death
Moulton was on duty and believed to be alone at the North Suffolk Mental Health Association residential program when prosecutors said she was killed by Chappell. Her body was later found dumped in a Lynn church parking lot.
The 27-year-old suspect has a rap sheet that includes arrests for robberies, drug and weapons violations and charges he beat up his girlfriend and his stepfather. Hes spent time in two state hospitals, as well as an inpatient program at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2007, court records show. There are several defaults and probation violations on his record. In 2007, he was busted for selling pot while out on bail for a prior assault. A judge revoked his bail on the assault case, calling him a danger with a history of offenses involving the use or threat of physical violence.
“Why did we close all the mental hospitals?
Because mental hospitals in the USA were every bit as abusive as they were in the USSR. Political gadflies were committed and then lobotomized in the USA, sick f*ck families like the Kennedy’s had their rebellious members lobotomized, mental patients were raped, beaten, and killed and they had absolutely no rights and no one to turn to in order to fight such abuse.
Despite decades of failed ‘reform’ efforts these abuses continued into the early 1970’s when the majority of these asylums were closed and their patients released to other forms of care or, sadly, some also sought the freedom of the streets.
These days the standard for involuntary committment to a mental hospital is extremely high and patients have access to legal counsel much the same way accused criminals do and this has put an end to much of the abuse. As bad as the current system may be, I’d not want to go back to what we used to have where sunzabit*hes like Joseph Kennedy could have his spirited daughter Kathleen lobotomized simply for the fact that he was powerful and she didn’t want to be controlled by him.
Sorry but IMHO this is NOT a difficult topic. Paranoid schizos have a serious and most often permanent condition. In all likelihood they won’t ever be “normal” as we view the term. They are dangerous and need to be in an environment that protects the general public. Again, we don’t let rabid dogs roam neighborhoods now do we?
Considering the current “civil rights” protections these nut cases have, you’re wrong. Again, paranoid schizos continually commit unspeakably violent acts against innocent men, women and children. They belong in a padded cell with the key thrown away. No exceptions.
Liberals watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and 'felt' all the crazy people were saner than the rest of us.
Liberals also felt they would save money and have more jobs for liberal social worker types. Those with mental problems became the 'homeless' and easy money for beatdown videos... and best - the 'homeless industry' started pulling in big bucks.
In short, it's been a horror - but liberals feel good about themselves - so in their minds it's a wash.
False dichotomy. The mental hospitals are not staffed by murderers and rapists. Mental treatment requires a range of options including commitment and that should be high on the list for someone who belongs there or in jail.
No, there is not........my best friend had a brother (he died last summer) who was diagnosed as schizophrenic back in the mid 80's who was initially "interned" at Michigan's state mental hospital on the ward for the criminally insane. His first week there, he was beaten so savagely that he almost died...........
Schizophrenia is an awful disease that in most cases can be controlled by medication allowing them to lead some sort of a normal life. Unfortunately, they often stop taking their meds and they immediately take off into their own world of psychosis........
My friend's brother developed a cancerous tumor on his leg and refused all medical treatment due to his mental condition. He then died of it...........
Dictionary size books have been written in response to your question. To summarize and condense in a severe manner - the reasons for the closures were threefold; thorazine, civil rights and ill advised closing of said state mental hospitals.
Up until the end of WWII, America’s answer to moderate - significant mental illness was institutionalization. The advent of drugs such as thorazine promised to “cure” the mentally ill and allow them to lead relatively normal lives (this was predicated on the patients taking their meds of course). Conservatives offered misguided support for the closing of budget busting mental hospitals which were then seen as antiquated against these wonder drugs. It was also reasoned that the hospitals would hurt more than help. With the drugs, the crazies could live normal lives - keeping them in insitutions wasted tax payer dollars and prevented perfectly able bodied citizens from working and paying taxes. Cheap group homes or in patient service centers were thus constructed to ensure that the mentally ill were able get their medications. All was for naught however as liberals discovered, and subsequently won in court, that the mentally ill have “special” rights. You a parent of an adult nutcase living in the street? Sorry - you can’t commit them. Its a “lifestyle” choice. Nutjob not interested in taking their meds? Sorry - they have a right to refuse treatment even if its supposed to prevent them from murdering children on their way to school.
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