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Civil commitment is a fancy way of saying at least I don't have a criminal record or felony status, but the difference between being locked up in state hospital vs. a jail cell isn't much. The civil commitment process is for families or neighbors or society at large who do not want to manage and live with people who have mental illnesses. Send someone with a mental illness away, give a person a 180 day commitment to Blue Mt. Recovery Center in Pendleton, Lane Shelter Care in Eugene, or the state hospital in Salem. Then, give someone drugs and scare a person to death who has to go through a hearing in front of a judge and jury of psychiatrists. The care of the mentally ill in this country is still in a mess. Making the commitment process easier for people who supposedly care for "patients" is bogus.
I'm very sad that the young man was killed in a police shooting. I wish something more could have been done to protect him, but sending him away wouldn't have been a good way to help him in the long run.
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