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    Re: Should a criminal's mental illness have an impact on how he or she is punished?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    It depends. If it actually has an impact on the person's ability to think properly...then I would say yes. It hardly seems fair to mete out a harsh punishment to someone if they won't understand why they are being punished, if they truly don't remember committing the crime, if they were not "themselves" when they committed the crime, etc. Better to get them the mental help that they need. Prison should be reserved for the worst of the worst.
    I'm not sure how anyone who's not a Standard-Issue Internet Tough Guy could answer any other way than this.

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    Re: Should a criminal's mental illness have an impact on how he or she is punished?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anarcho-fascist View Post
    You better hope you never get a severe mental illness.
    I suffer from mental illness and will be on meds the rest of my life. Soo.. Your point?
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    Re: Should a criminal's mental illness have an impact on how he or she is punished?

    If a person has a treatable mental illness, it should of course have an impact on their rehabilitation. The trouble I have with "punishment" in the corrections system goes double for the mentally ill-- what is the point of it? What benefit is punishing criminals, especially mentally ill criminals, supposed to provide for society?

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    Re: Should a criminal's mental illness have an impact on how he or she is punished?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    I suffer from mental illness and will be on meds the rest of my life. Soo.. Your point?
    If you thought your kids had been replaced by doubles that are controlled by the illuminati that want to enslave all peoples wouldn't you try to destroy the central control chip buried inside their skull?

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    Re: Should a criminal's mental illness have an impact on how he or she is punished?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anarcho-fascist View Post
    If you thought your kids had been replaced by doubles that are controlled by the illuminati that want to enslave all peoples wouldn't you try to destroy the central control chip buried inside their skull?
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    Re: Should a criminal's mental illness have an impact on how he or she is punished?

    The legal systems of every civilised nation has the defence of diminished responsibility incorporated, so the question is moot. If it may be proven that the person was not of sound mind, or in full control of his faculties at the time of the offence, diminished responsibility applies. Both the judgement and the penalty are modified accordingly.

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    Re: Should a criminal's mental illness have an impact on how he or she is punished?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anarcho-fascist View Post
    If you thought your kids had been replaced by doubles that are controlled by the illuminati that want to enslave all peoples wouldn't you try to destroy the central control chip buried inside their skull?
    I will get back to ya if/ when that day comes as no kids.

    But not sure what this has to do with anything. I am confused
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    Re: Should a criminal's mental illness have an impact on how he or she is punished?

    I cant remember who said,you can judge the civilization of a nation by the way they treat their criminals.

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    Re: Should a criminal's mental illness have an impact on how he or she is punished?

    Quote Originally Posted by B L Zeebub View Post
    I cant remember who said,you can judge the civilization of a nation by the way they treat their criminals.
    It is probably a scumbag sympathizer who said that or someone who blatantly misinterpreted the meaning of that phrase to suit their own scumbag sympathizing agenda.
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    Re: Should a criminal's mental illness have an impact on how he or she is punished?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    It is probably a scumbag sympathizer who said that or someone who blatantly misinterpreted the meaning of that phrase to suit their own scumbag sympathizing agenda.
    I thought you were a Churchill fan? Killed south Africans, gassed Kurds, stood against Hitler, all that "good" stuff.
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