Don B, 3/14/2012 - 1:03am "Addendum to "MacArthur Study"
This wide range of inaccurate prediction has been shown by Monahan in “The Clinical Prediction of Violent Behavior” to cause the wrongful confinement of as many as 2 out of every 3 people judged by “expert opinion” to be dangerous (pp 44-47 re: Baxstrom v Herold, SCOTUS, 1966). See also FOUCHA v. LOUISIANA, 504 U.S. 71 (1992) regarding proof beyond a reasonable doubt at, “Its effect is at once both symbolic and practical, as a statement of values about respect and confidence in the criminal law”. On page 35, Monahan cites an example showing that even if the test for a marginal danger is 95% accurate, then 54 people will be incarcerated for every dangerous person set free. So much the worse at 33%. Thus, a rational examination of current judicial practices and standards of law for mental health shows that they have no credibility and deserve no respect or confidence. The fact that society and some Judges may not wish to know that their fear and loathing of people with mental illnesses has espoused and caused such a horrible result, does not make such bigotry and injustice any less monstrous or grievous.
We have a medical and legal name for serial monsters with a clear conscience – sociopaths."
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