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  1. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, 7 months ago

    You always jail folks with mental illnesses?

  2. DaSharkie

    DaSharkie GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    I am quite sure that this lady was warned multiple times by the police, social services, and probably the court system.

    And yes, sometimes it is necessary. One 9-1-1 call made every 3-4 days? Really?

    Extrapolate what happens. As a dispatcher (having done this job in the past), you get a 9-1-1 call, regardless of what the caller says, it has to be investigated. So, you send a police unit to investigate and that unit cannot answer other calls for service due to responding to some unnecessary call for service for a person that has been informed and cited multiple times not to do so. Now, a 9-1-1 call is received, there is a statement made and perhaps even a fire company and ambulance are dispatched, responding lights and sirens to the location of the call. These responses take away resources to handle other calls in a city of several million. Responding lights and sirens increases the risk of collisions and damage, endangers people unnecessarily, increases community liability, costs of increased and unnecessary wear and tear on vehicles. If another call comes in, you have to send companies and units from father away to answer calls that could otherwise be handled.

    It is abuse of a system, and goes far beyond a complaint of mental health. Having worked in EMS, fire, and dispatch in my life, what I have said is not an over reach and happens on a daily basis.

  3. Stipple

    Stipple said, 7 months ago

    Some mental illness is not benign and needs to be addressed.
    Jail is always the low information answer as it gets the problem out of the public realm.
    Jail does not help mental illness, invariably it gets worse in lockup.
    But it does stop the immediate problem, and stopping problems is the priority of the police departments.

  4. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 7 months ago

    L.A. woman gets jail time for calling 911 more than 400 times

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-woman-calls-911-jail-time-20131223,0,2584567.story#axzz2p9kL1HkU

  5. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, 7 months ago

    @DaSharkie

    I understand the consequences of her actions. But does she?
    Hence my question.
    Do you think there’s malice? Do you not rather think an alternative like psychological counseling is needed instead of imprisonment?


    Your country continues to amaze me.

  6. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 7 months ago

    An LA radio station found and posted one of the woman’s many 911 calls. She calls to complain that no one came out from an earlier call, then tries to cancel the call when the dispatcher tells her someone is on the way.

    https://soundcloud.com/kpcc/911-caller-convicted-for

  7. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, 7 months ago

    @Jase99

    I see from the article you linked us to indicates she has mandatory pschological counseling as well.
    Great.
    Back to my original question: So why imprison someone clearly in need of psychological help?

  8. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 7 months ago

    @omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    The judge may have to follow some kind of minimum sentence guideline in the conviction. He did, at least, require her to seek the psychological counseling as part of the conviction. I hope she takes the opportunity to get the help it seems she needs.

  9. cjr53

    cjr53 said, 7 months ago

    @omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    When convicted of a criminal act, yes. Happens all the time. We can thank uncle ronnie raygun for shutting down mental health facilities effectively shifting the burden to law enforcement, the judicial system and ultimately into jails or prisons; where there is no help for their mental illness.

  10. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, 7 months ago

    You mean 911 isn’t a valet service?

  11. DaSharkie

    DaSharkie GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    @cjr53

    cjr53 – if you look into the matter, the lawsuits against institutionalization of the mentally ill began in the 1970s – long before President Reagan was elected. And you also forget that Congress passes budgets – then controlled by Democrats. Nice to see your recollection of history.

  12. DaSharkie

    DaSharkie GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    @omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    Likely that she does understand the consequences of her actions.
    I never said there was malice – I said there were consequences of her abuse of the system.

    And what country do you live in?

  13. Truist

    Truist GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    @CCNJ's say the sky is falling

    But alas they entered as republicans, amazing what a little reality check can do.

  14. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, 7 months ago

    @DaSharkie

    If she truly understood the consequences of her actions, there’d be a higher probability of malice. If there’s no malice, I doubt she understood the consequences of her actions. I just do not understand how imprisonment will benefit her, and the community she lives in.


    Currently I officially reside & work in the United Kingdom.
    If you know of a similar case here, let me know and I shall be similarly appalled.


    I understand that the USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world – Nov. 2009 BBC website


    From the above url/article: “Half of the world’s prison population of about nine million is held in the US, China or Russia.”
    Prison rates in the US are the world’s highest, at 724 people per 100,000. In Russia the rate is 581.


    and from a TAB alongside:


    “England and Wales have the highest per capita prison population in Western Europe – 143 people per 100,000.”

  15. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, 7 months ago

    @ReasonsVentriloquist

    It appears that more are caught 22 in the USA than, say, in the UK
    [143 goes into 724] 5.06 times more.


    Methinks society is fumbling a whole lot.

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