Letter to the editor: Justice system needs awareness for the mentally disabled | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the editor: Justice system needs awareness for the mentally disabled

I am 49, disabled and have anxiety-driven kleptomania (professionally diagnosed). My daughter, 26, is currently filing for disability and also has anxiety-driven kleptomania.

I have been punished for getting into trouble at the stores my whole life. Now, I see my daughter having the exact same issues. 

Recently, we both got into trouble at the local grocery store. We are now looking at serious consequences. 

I strongly feel that all the legal punishments — jail, house arrest, attorney fees, demand letters, probation, community service, court fines, criminal record, etc. — are not helping mentally disabled people.

Mentally disabled people need help with professional counseling and medication. I don’t think there’s a cure for mental illness; however, there is treatment almost everywhere. 

The only sentence should be handled correctly and professionally with continued therapy and be controlled with proper medication. 

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