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by Peter Moskos

August 4, 2011

"I'm expressin' with my full capabilities..."

The Times and a grim read about a boy with mental problems, gone bad. It's interesting but in all-too-many ways nothing new.

But what struck me was this great example of doublespeak:
Mr. Clergeau was discharged ... with the expectation that he would be imprisoned. Hospital authorities told the state police that he was “not a psych patient,” which appears to reflect a medical opinion that he belonged in a correctional setting.
Okay... So once we give up on you, once we determine you are cannot be helped with treatment, when it's all over and we simply lock you up because we're afraid your going to hurt somebody... ... that's when we put you in a "correctional" setting. Got it? Now try explaining that to the Martians when they land.

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