Brutal death of mentally ill man spurs change

Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Re “The lessons of a tragic life and brutal death” (Editorials, Jan. 15): Orange County appears poised to implement Laura’s Law, which will authorize courts to oversee care of the mentally ill. When it does, it will save hundreds of mentally ill people like Kelly Thomas, both those in the headlines and those who die quietly with no notice by the general public. Putting Laura’s Law in place will be no great expense to Orange County. In fact, it will save money, with fewer mentally ill people homeless, jailed or subject to lethal inquisitions. Keeping very severely mentally ill people housed, fed, supervised, treated and alive is cheaper than allowing them to die of violence or neglect. It is also the moral thing to do.

-- Carla Jacobs, Tustin, Orange County

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