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    • I can understand (to some degree) how a family would feel if their loved one(s) were murdered and the person who did it was fairly shortly thereafter released from prison or was receiving many rights and freedoms but I think it is NOT a reflection of a broken system. In fact I see it as a system that understands schizophrenia and psychosis. I've had a friend who went into psychosis and was insane for a number of months. It was only after electroshock therapy that they responded to medications and started to come back to reality. This person I knew didn't even know who their family and best friends were. Having seen this first hand myself and then read a few books on mental illness afterwards, I'm on the side of the mentally ill patient in this case. How I'd ever come to terms with it myself if I was one of the victims or somehow affected I really don't know. I'd like to think I'd be logical and consider the facts but it really doesn't account for the emotional feelings one would have under the circumstances.

      I wouldn't expect any conservative government to support prison reform when one of their main talking points when trying to get elected is "we're tough on crime".

    • I think that the victim's families would really be helped by learning about mental illness and seeing first hand what it's like. Going to an institution, talking to doctors, seeing patients, learning about long term outcomes and other such things. While people with schizophrenia and other mental health issues can sometimes become violent and do horrendous acts, the statistics shows that they are in fact on average much less violent than the average 'normal' person.