Doyle, Jim, and Peter Fimrite. "Caring for Mentally Ill Criminals Outside of Prison Is Dangerous." America's Prisons. Ed. Clare Hanrahan. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2006. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Criminally Insane Taking over State Hospitals." San Francisco Chronicle 22 July 2001. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.
In this article, the incarceration of the mentally ill is encouraged because it is safer than keeping them in mental institutions. It claims that mental institutions are extremely dangerous by their very nature and the nurses there are trained to treat the mentally ill, not to keep them from hurting themselves or other people. In prisons however, the guards are equipped with the experience of a 16 week training program and are able to handle any commotion that might be made without endangering the lives of the prisoners or the public. This viewpoint is contrary to that in Pete Earley’s book because it endorses the imprisonment of the mentally ill, while in contrast Earley strongly believes the mentally ill need treatment, not imprisonment.
Earley, Pete. Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness. New York: Penguin Group, 2006. Print
In this book Pete Earley a father with a son who becomes mentally ill at age 22, documents his journey with his son through the hospitals, courts, and jail in an effort to show the world what it is like to have a family member with a mental illness. He researches and interviews those in the system and uncovers the truth about what happens to mentally ill in jail and in the outside world. He reveals the tragic mistreatment and hand-tying policies of the government and hospitals that prevent the mentally ill from getting the help and treatment they really need. His past as a journalist makes him creditable and helps him uncover information no ordinary family member would be able to have access too. Through his heart...