Mental illness, crime and prevention

Over at “Grits for Breakfast” Scott Henson has a thoughtful post on the relationship between crime and mental illness.  I’ll give you the opening paragraph as a teaser:

The US Supreme Court has said executing the mentally retarded is unconstitutional, but the mentally ill are still fair game. Dr. Lucy Puryear, a clinical psychiatrist from the Baylor College of Medicine offers a thoughtful discussion at Women in Crime Ink regarding the astonishing case of Andre Thomas, a schizophrenic death row inmate who plucked out his only good eye and ate it (he’d pulled the first one out while sitting in jail awaiting his capital murder trial), adding a whole new dimension to the biblical adage, “an eye for an eye.”