Mother Who Heard Voices Drowned One Son, The Other Is In Critical Condition

A Pennsylvania woman, Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, 40, drowned her three-year-old son in a bathtub. She also attempted to drown her six-year-old son because “crazy voices” told her she would be a better mother to her third child if the other two Continue reading

Congressional Hearing Addresses Psychiatric Bed Shortage

Wednesday, the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing about the significant decrease in the psychiatric bed shortage. One of the witnesses includes the outspoken Sheriff of Cook County Thomas Dart. Mr. Dart has been trying to do everything Continue reading

Mentally Ill Son Incarcerated: One Reader’s Story

Stories about mentally ill offenders are generally not of a positive nature. Typically, the stories are focused on the disturbing prison conditions often faced by mentally ill offenders increasingly being housed in jails and prisons. Below is one reader’s story. “Hi, my son Continue reading

John Lennon’s Killer Up For Parole, Details From the Hearing

For the seventh time, Mark David Chapman was up for parole in the killing of John Lennon. Recently, the State of New York released a transcript from his parole hearing in August 2012.  Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Continue reading

Parents of Mentally Ill Psych Hospital Shooter Blog About the Incident

Two Interesting News Stories Sea of Heartbreak: Blog Post By Parents Of Killer John Shick Leaves More Questions Than Answers Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette The above article is about a blog post by the parents of a schizophrenic man John Continue reading

Find Out What The Criminalization Hypothesis Is

Criminalization Hypothesis Have you ever heard of the criminalization hypothesis? The basic premise is that individuals with serious mental illnesses (SMI) (i.e. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mainly) are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system because they are committing crimes and Continue reading