crime and injustice by Roberta Staley

Crime and Injustice - The Georgia Straight

When an individual commits an act of violence while psychotic, their fate is dictated by a set of Criminal Code laws that are designed not to criminalize the mentally ill. These laws emphasize reintegration in balance with public safety. However, this progressive attitude has not fully extended to victims or their families.

Excerpt: “The thought of Lowry walking the streets fills Kneifel with dread. He is “too dangerous,” Kneifel says, seated in her tiny West Broadway medical office, the glass door and windows hand-painted in delicate pink, blue, green and yellow flower patterns, the green waiting-room wicker chairs fading from wear. “I need for him to never have the opportunity to do this again.”

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