I used to be an assistant public defender and I agree with you 100% on them needing help instead of a criminal record. It definitely put my own problems into perspective. You wouldn’t believe how much of my time was devoted to competency hearings. Even with clients who were competent, I think the vast majority would be better served by social workers than criminal punishments.

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