Stanwood woman: mentally ill deserve basic human rights — even when imprisoned

The recent death of an incarcerated young man at the hands of his cellmate is a sad result of the mentally ill being incarcerated without proper treatment and care. The plight of the mentally ill cannot be ignored. Another sad fact is that a very large percentage of those incarcerated are suffering from mental illness and, as in this case, are not getting medication or therapy.

The recent death of an incarcerated young man at the hands of his cellmate is a sad result of the mentally ill being incarcerated without proper treatment and care. The plight of the mentally ill cannot be ignored.

Another sad fact is that a very large percentage of those incarcerated are suffering from mental illness and, as in this case, are not getting medication or therapy. Our prisons are de facto mental institutions. Thousands of certified, diagnosed mentally ill people are doing time behind bars without medic ation and treatment. Many are unable or unwilling to comply with rules and regulations so are isolated in solitary confinement, actually intensifying their conditions.

We have come a long way from the days of stoning our offenders, burning the accused and cutting off the hands of thieves but we still have a long way to go. This social problem isn’t being resolved, it’s just being locked away.

All human beings deserve to be treated with respect. Any human rights abuse is just that — a human rights abuse. The mentally ill have the right to respect and proper treatment.

Lowana Krewson

Stanwood

More in Letters to the Editor

Nice 4th show, but please clean up

This was my first 4th of July living in downtown Arlington. And… Continue reading

Thanks for participating in putting fire levy on ballot

North County Fire/EMS wants to say thank you. Our Fire Authority recently… Continue reading

Thank to Marysville for another successful Strawberry Festival

The Marysville Strawberry Festival Board of Directors would like to thank you… Continue reading

Community support appeciated

Dear Editor, North County Fire & EMS provides fire suppression and emergency… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Opioid bill flawed, as is request for more money for schools

Schools already get lots of funding

Marysville School District is spending $15,700 per student, yet the union wants… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Socialism worked in Netherlands Steve Powell - what kind of a reporter/journalist… Continue reading

Children’s lives end every Wednesday

A voice for the unborn We are pro-life. We stand peacefully praying… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Thank you to Mr. Powell for exposing the confusing evolution about gender… Continue reading

Here’s another vote for the Arlington school bond

Arlington School District has a bond proposal on the ballot Feb. 12.… Continue reading

More support for Arlington school bonds

Vote for schools We want to voice our support for the Arlington… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Vote for school bonds in Arlington