MOD NOTE: Split from the tree branch break thread here
whynot_31 wrote: Here are the various possibilities we had after his arrest:
[My opinion is shared by a well meaning, overworked, Deputy Warden who runs one of the mental health units on Rikers. To paraphrase past conversations I have had with him: "They don't give us what we need to help these guys. Why are they paying us to do this over and over without the support of OMH and community based care? What do they think my guys and a once a week psychiatrist are going to accomplish? This is stupid."]
Absent a system of justice based on a moral code, this is what we get. Given that morality is "out", then I would suggest that social irresponsibilty is "in". Witness the lack of response by the system to Maynard's actions. If this were the "good ol' days", some civic minded, church people would have probably have had a coalition of clergy slap Steve in a psych ward months ago.
Now we have just average disorganized citizens chasing after disorganized elected officials tryiing to get demoralized and under-funded state institutions to do something, despite numerous well-intended laws that make it nearly impossible.
Is this progress?