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OPINION
February 7, 2013
Re "Prison's revolving door," Editorial, Feb. 5 Crime and arrests in Los Angeles County continue to decline. On the countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee's website, the first annual report on public safety realignment shows recidivism rates lower than expected for people transferred from state prison to county supervision. Yet the same report says the population of L.A. County jails has risen by 22%. Why? In a 2007 study, USC psychiatry professor H. Richard Lamb found that 95% of the severely mentally ill men in the county's Twin Towers jail had been there before.
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NEWS
January 20, 2002
Re "Allaway Was Agitated by Movie, Nurse Testifies," Dec. 11: Did I really read that a nurse claimed that Edward Charles Allaway became "angry and unglued" when he watched "Night of the Living Dead" in 1999? Who is picking the movies for mass murderers who plead insanity? I think I'm a relatively sane guy, but "Night of the Living Dead" freaked me out. What must have Allaway thought? Shouldn't any movie involving murder and/or eating people be banned from mental hospitals? Do we need a government committee to study this?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2007 | Scott Gold and Lee Romney, Times Staff Writers
Kanuri Qawi's unlikely 2004 court victory has had a lasting impact on California mental hospitals, adding to what one doctor calls a "culture of refusal," as more patients reject their medication. In the aftermath of Qawi's lawsuit, hospital officials are now required to hold what are known as Qawi hearings and must demonstrate clearly that a patient paroled to the hospital is dangerous before they can force medication.
OPINION
January 7, 2014
Re "Have you seen my brother standing in the shadows?," Opinion, Jan. 5 Sarah Dusseault's story about her brother' struggle with mental illness and homelessness was heartbreakingly familiar. My sister with schizophrenia has been repeatedly homeless, jailed and hospitalized. We were fortunate, though, to have guardianship and conservatorship awarded in New Mexico. There is no guarantee of stability, but we have some leverage to help her. Simply from a state expense view, keeping our mentally ill out of jails and hospitals saves money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1988
The Times' backhanded support for AB 2678 (Allen bill) which provides an additional 30 days of treatment for the severely mentally ill, makes one question your thinking ("Only Half the Answer," Editorial, Jan. 25) . Yes, I agree that there is a need for additional community-based mental health programs, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has consistently supported this, just as we have supported the additional treatment for those in need. In fact, our current budget shows that 83% of our mental health funds are providing community-based services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1990
In condemning liberals for removing the mentally ill from hospitals, Isaac ignores the role of conservatives in this tragedy. The court rulings that started de-institutionalizing the mentally ill decreed that these persons were not criminals and therefore could not be imprisoned in hospitals. Either the mentally ill had to be treated for their illnesses, or they had to be freed from confinement. It was the conservatives who decided that proper in-hospital treatment would be too expensive; they would not approve taxes for helping those whom they perhaps believed were really suffering from moral deficiencies rather than from illnesses that were not the patients' fault.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2000 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State health authorities launched a comprehensive investigation this month of a private psychiatric hospital in east Hollywood after three male patients in their 30s died within five weeks. The state found "major systems problems" at 61-bed Edgemont Hospital while looking into the deaths, then got federal authorization for a full-scale probe into whether the hospital meets standards for government-funded insurance programs, said Brenda Klutz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1998 | SHAWN HUBLER
California politics are big on outrage. Outrage gets the votes out, loosens the pocketbooks. In a place this unwieldy, you could argue that hot buttons and bogeymen serve a purpose. Still, governance by outrage has a price, and it stinks when you get burned with the bill. The latest case in point is festering, even as you read this, at a jail or mental hospital near you. It was spawned a few years back by an especially effective form of outrage, that of crime victims.
NEWS
June 23, 1999 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a landmark victory for people with mental disabilities, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that patients in state mental hospitals have a right to leave these institutions and move to small, community homes whenever they and their doctors think they are ready to do so. The "unnecessary segregation of persons with mental disabilities" is a form of discrimination outlawed by the Americans With Disabilities Act, the court said on a 6-3 vote.
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