18.12.13

MIKE ROYKO HAD IT RIGHT YEARS AGO.

He had written a column about the proliferation of beggars in the Loop, in which he suggested that closing the asylums and condemning the flophouses in the name of urban renewal provided the cause.  Now comes a columnist who, while not calling for a return to the days of the cuckoo's nest, suggests that people who required institutionalization required humane and helpful institutionalization.
It is no coincidence that this rise correlates with the closure of the mental health institutions in 1969. After they were shuttered, they were supposed to be replaced by community outreach programs. Sadly, these programs never took root and many parents who are dealing with severe mental illness feel they are out of options.
Read the whole thing. Guns are incidental, and imprisonment counterproductive.

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