Reply To: NARSOL condemns civil commitment practices

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Judith Levine

I was thrilled to read Paul Shannon’s clear statement of opposition to civil commitment and support of mental health treatment in the community. full stop.

Then, at the end, NARSOL backtracks and says that, well, maybe civil commitment is okay, if you just make this or that little change.

No. Civil commitment is wrong. It is unconstitutional preventive detention, a violation of one of the most basic human and civil rights there is. It is cruel and unusual punishment. It is double jeopardy. And it does not increase public safety.

Civil commitment is indefensible. NARSOL seems always pull back from the correct position, in fear of . . . what? Really, we have nothing to lose by demanding what is truly just.