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Prisons Are Housing Mental Health Patients Who’ve Committed No Crimes

Andrew Butler was a popular kid at Hollis Brookline High School in New Hampshire, an honors student who was captain of the football and wrestling teams. Then, during college, Andrew tore his leg muscles, making even walking to class difficult.…
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Hyperconnectivity in a Brain Circuit May Predict Psychosis

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded scientists have discovered a pattern in the way a brain circuit works that may help predict the onset of psychosis. High levels of chatter, or “hyperconnectivity,” in a circuit involving…
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Mentally Ill South Florida Man Starved to Death in Prison, Lawsuit Alleges – The Miami New Times

When Vincent Gaines was sentenced to five years in prison on robbery charges in June 2013, state officials recommended he be placed in a mental-health unit because he had regular visual and auditory hallucinations. So Gaines was transferred…
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‘Burn. Kill. Destroy.’ Parkland Mass Shooter Claimed ‘Demons’ Drove Him to Violence – The Miami Herald

Hours after he shot and killed 17 people at a Parkland high school, Nikolas Cruz sat in a Broward Sheriff’s police interrogation room. He was not defiant. Instead, he cast himself as a pathetic failure beset by a “demon” in his head. Cruz…
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What Does a Criminal Law Attorney Need to Know About Psychosis?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Psychosis is a condition that distorts attunement with reality. Throughout the years, there have been many criminal cases involving this rather complex illness. Due to its nature as a mental…
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Before Son’s Gruesome Crime, She Turned to State’s Mental Health System. It Didn’t Help – The Miami Herald

This exposé from The Miami Herald tells the story of Della Wright's struggle with her son's substance abuse problems and severe schizophrenia. Read more.   Photo by Nevin Ruttanaboonta on Unsplash.
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Mental Illness or Brain Injury? Driven by Voices to Commit Crime, Titus Young is in Prison but Still Believes He Could Play in the NFL – The Los Angeles Times

This piece from The Los Angeles Times details the rise and fall of Titus Young, a former player from the NFL. Some experts say Young suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, while others say his behavior is caused by  chronic traumatic…