Not guilty by reason of insanity
“… mentally ill people usually go to prison, where they may get little or no treatment.”
Tracy Neely’s family fought hard for her to get a rare “not guilty by reason of insanity” verdict – one of only 7 such decisions statewide last year. Now she is receiving treatment in a mental health center instead of serving time in prison. Her dad offers advice to other family members in similar situations:
"There's no rulebook. You've just gotta hit it as hard as you can and as fast as you can to save your daughter."
Good advice for families. But what about all of those with severe mental illness who don’t have someone to fight the system to get them treatment?