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.
“False dichotomy. The mental hospitals are not staffed by murderers and rapists.”
The word you’re missing is “anymore”. Just forty years ago, however, such abuses were unfortunately common enough that the mentally ill in many states were better off on the streets than in a state-run mental hospital.
Also, if you have so much faith in government-run mental health care then I bet you’ll just LOVE government-run healthcare in general.