So, with the Florida shooting, Trump revived an old call to bring back mental Asylums. While the way he did it was undoubtedly pernicious, linkening them to permanent prisons by another name, I think it's actually an important discussion to be made and I wanted to hear DLP opinion about it. I think that, in essence, bringing them back is a good idea. http://theatln.tc/2GFsHMt This Atlantic article summarises it well, but let me lay down the essence of my opinion: Mental Diseases don't go away and can't be cured with just love and time - The idea that staying with your family is always better is actually false. While in a lot of cases, yes it does have its benefits, a lot of times its just not good for both the family and mentally Ill person. A violent mentally Ill person will be violent regardless of their ambient, and they should be in a safe ambient where people are trained to be able to deal with it as quickly and harmless as possible. Permanently Ill people that have adverse conditions that make them stay indoors always should be in hospital, not locked up at home with whoever is free to watch over them. Taking Care 24h/d is EXPENSIVE. Poor people can't afford the medication, let alone either pay someone or stop working to permanently take care of their sick family member. It's also very very exhausting mentally and physically. Average people aren't trained to be able to deal with mental Diseases. We don't trust random people on the street to be able to treat us if we have cancer. We want specialists. Why do we believe the average person can handle a mentally ill person? As anedoctal evidence, my family has three doctors and my uncle is schizophrenic. Neither of the three doctor have actually much of an idea how to handle or treat him because they're not psychiatrists. So they chuck this uncle with my retired grandparents who only have a high school diploma because they have free time. And guess what? These two old people can't actually handle him when he's having a bad episode or even a particularly bad day. Temporary Care doesn't solve the issue for a lot of people. Anyone that worked with homeless people know that you can intern them, make them something for a few weeks and arrange everything for them to try a better life. But if they're mentally ill, almost always there will be a relapse because that's how mental diseases are, and suddenly they will be in the street again. A similar logic can be applied to chronically violent criminals that need constant medication and observation. Mental Asylums don't have to be bad. The stigma is there and it's powerful all over the world, but a century and a half or so ago hospitals we're almost deathtraps, completely anti-hygienic, crawling with diseases and no one followed proper procedures. Prisons used slave labour and violence was the norm, the way and the end, while prisoners often starved. Things got better, and if we see mental Asylums as hospitals and preventive measures and not punishment, with an active and observant society, things could be much better. Since this is also the theme of my graduation thesis, I would appreciate a lot any research or interesting articles people could bring. Hell, if you know your country's laws regarding it, I'm interested. PM if you don't want to derail the thread.