The president signed a bill passed by Congress overturning a requirement that the Social Security Administration report the records of some mentally ill beneficiaries to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The rule was a response to the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.
A conversation with a psychiatrist is traditionally given the same status of “privilege” as a conversation with a lawyer, a physician or a priest–except when there is a specific threat. But should doctors take steps to protect someone that a patient hasn’t overtly threatened?
When a mentally ill individual dies in a police shooting, commentators focus on the officer who pulled the trigger. It also makes sense to ask why no one detected the individual’s problems in the first place.
Students training for criminal justice careers in the U.S. are given little academic preparation that would help them deal with the mental illness of justice-involved populations. A recent study says it’s a serious oversight–and needs to be corrected by universities.
“A lot of resources, time and effort are all put into dealing with mentally challenged people and trying to sort through that type of information to find out what’s valid,” says Pat O’Carroll of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.
Adacia Chambers gets life prison term for killing four people at Oklahoma State University homecoming parade with her car. Chambers blames the episode on “severe psychosis.” Prosecutor says she “was not insane at the time she did it.”
Alleged gunman Esteban Santiago had reported hearing voices and claimed that U.S. intelligence agencies were controlling his mind and forcing him to watch ISIS videos. Could the FBI have done anything more to prevent violence?