Thursday, April 20, 2006

Which is more restrictive - assisted treatment or prison?

Brian E. Cliff was sentenced to 25 years in prison for murdering his mother’s boyfriend.

The judge heard testimony Wednesday from Cliff's relatives and a counselor for the Heritage Behavior Health Center that Cliff did not always take his medicine for schizophrenia when not incarcerated and, during those times, easily could become agitated. "We have somebody with serious mental health issues who doesn't always take his medication and who drinks," [the judge] said. "He has a long history of violence. We've reached the point where he will be dangerous if he gets out of prison a year from now or 10 years from now."