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Why is My Son in Jail and Not the Hospital?

America punishes people for being ill

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The week before my son was arrested for vandalism under $400 (a misdemeanor), I had called the police twice asking them to do a welfare check at his apartment and take him to the hospital if he needed to go.

Even though it really shouldn’t be their job, the police in his town have kindly done this for…

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Patsy Fergusson

Patsy Fergusson

Tree hugger. Tour guide. Top Writer. Feminist. Newly-baptized Bay swimmer. Editor of Fourth Wave. https://medium.com/fourth-wave