Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 - Mental Illness and Crime

Name: Dorris M...
From: Pullman, WA
School: Washington State University
Votes: 0 Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 - Mental Illness and Crime

Mental Illness and Crime

Mental Illness and Crime

I
feel that it is important to understand the relationship between
mental illness and crime because “clinical evidence has indicated
support for the notion that symptoms of mental illness can become the
motivation for criminal and violent behavior”. Research suggests
that there is a connection or association between mental illness and
crime/violent behavior. This evidence promotes the idea of
researching the relationship further so that crime or violent
behavior can hopefully be prevented. The implication that individuals
with mental illness may be motivated to cause crime and violent
behavior is indicated in the evidence. It is worth taking the time
and effort to understand this relationship for prevention.

I
believe that the criminal justice system stands to benefit from a
responsible understanding of the relationship between mental illness
and crime because then they (police officers, investigators,
negotiators, lawyers etc…) may use the information they learn to
(1) profile the individuals with certain mental illnesses most likely
to commit certain crimes, (2) plan an approach to try to negotiate or
deal with the individual committing the crime as or when it happens
and (3) a plan of action to help prevent future crimes or minimize
destruction from future crimes. I also believe that the individuals
with mental illnesses stand to benefit because if they are aware and
informed of their illness, they or their families are more likely to
seek the professional help that they need to maintain or cure the
illness. This will in turn help the individual from thoughts or acts
of committing a crime.

Research
continues to demonstrate a relationship between different forms of
mental illness and criminal and violent behavior. However, the
concepts of mental illness and crime are both complex, as is the
relationship between the two
.”
(Mallicoat Stacy L, Crime and Criminal Justice; Concepts and
Controversies)


As
researchers struggle to clearly define and understand the complexity
of the relationship between mental illness and crime, I find myself
leaning heavily in supporting the argument that mental illness plays
a role in causal factors leading to crime and violence.
Clinical
evidence exists to support the notion that individuals with mental
illness symptoms can become the motivation for criminal acts and
violent behavior. One with psychotic symptoms may have a split break
from reality and be motivated by a mood swing to kill another person,
or one with auditory hallucinations is motivated to kill another
person from the voices he or she hears. An individual with delusional
beliefs may be motivated to commit murder because they believe it is
ok for them to take a life. The association or relationship between
mental illness being the cause of individuals with mental illness to
be motivated to commit crime and violent behavior is overwhelming. I
feel that the other two arguments on how mental illness does not
cause crime and violence, and individuals with mental illness commit
crimes exactly for the same reasons as individuals without mental
illness are very weak. The relationship and association of mental
illness to crime and violence still exists in the two. The argument
that mental illness does not cause crime or violence but plays a role
that contributes to crime and violence is still suggesting that there
is a strong possibility of mental illness causing crime and violence.
Crimes and violence happening regardless of mental illness is also a
weak argument because as I have mentioned before, there is still an
indication of a strong relationship between mental illness and crime
or violence. I feel that it is crucial that society continues the
efforts to research and study to further understand the relationship
and association between mental illness and crime to hopefully prevent
future crimes.


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