If a normal prison sentence means life in a barbaric, horrible prison and a criminal victimizer would choose that over treatment and release, then I believe that person is more than marginally crazy.
How much would I let a very crazy person make self-destructive decisions before forcing medication on the crazy person so that the crazy person no longer makes those self-destructive decisions? I don't know. Forced medication already happens, and all I know is that I would like to see it happen less. But I don't know how much less.
Thoughtless, are you saying that you think that there would be many criminals that need medication but would choose to rot in a prison cell instead of voluntarily taking the medication? I would think it is less than half of one percent of current prison inmates.
Let me show you my rough, unconfirmed estimations
, using 'vast majority' to refer to over 75% of a group:
- I believe that the vast majority of people currently in prison could be safely released immediately without treatment (e.g. non-violent drug offenders). After that, we're left with less than 25% (one fourth) of current inmates.
Out of that, I believe the vast majority do not need psychiatric medication, but rather can be treated with other methods--namely education and psychological care (e.g. one-on-one sessions with psychologists, group therapy, A.A. meetings, etc.). After that, we're left with less than 6.25% (one sixteenth) of current inmates.
Out of that last group who do need psychiatric medication, I believe the vast majority of them would voluntarily take the medication rather than suffer in a conventional prison. After that, we're left with less than 1.5625% (one sixty-fourth) of current inmates.
Out of that, I believe most of them can be convinced using other methods of treatment (e.g. education, psycho-therapy, etc.) to voluntarily take psychiatric medication rather than rot in a prison cell for life. After that, we're left with less than 0.390625% (one two-hundred-fifty-sixth) of current inmates.
So, using my very rough, unconfirmed estimations. We're talking less than half of a percent of current inmates who would need psychiatric medication to be treated but who are so crazy they would rather suffer for life in the horrible conventional prison than to be treated with medication and hopefully released eventually. Even if we would refuse to forcefully medicate any of that tiny fraction of inmates who are so crazy they choose a lifetime in a conventional prison over medication, then I would still recommend trying to treat that very tiny fraction of inmates in a compassionate, well-run medical facility using other methods besides forced medication. Nonetheless, I think most people would support medicating at least most of that tiny fraction of people who need chemical treatment but are so crazy that they would choose to suffer in prison for the rest of their life than to take the medication.
Whatever the case, I definitely oppose ever releasing them without treatment. If they do not need treatment to be safely released, then they are in that first group that can be safely released now, and they do not belong in prison at all.
I think we both agree that on average the people in society would be better off if our society used compassionate, well-run treatment facilities
instead of the vengeful punishment facilities called prisons
. The issue you seem to have raised is when, if ever, the well-run treatment facilities would use forced medication as a method of treatment. I am unsure about that latter issue, but I do think it only applies to a tiny fraction of inmates.