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Tag: Jonathan Meline


Today’s psychiatric hospitals: Jail, the street, the courts

Once again, a severely delusional man has been charged with murder. The victim, Robert Maline, was a respected teacher and the accused killer was his own son.

The killing reminded me of a piece a former Connecticut lawmaker published in The Washington Post last week. Paul Gionfriddo was in that state’s House during the 1980s, “when many of the state’s large mental hospitals were emptied.”

“I jumped at the opportunity to move people out of ‘those places,’” he wrote. But Gionfriddo and others made what he called “a series of critical misjudgments.”

Among them: “We didn’t adequately

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