Gillian Fairgreave tried to commit suicide: British officials responded by jailing her. The nation’s effective criminalisation of her mental illness is poor policy, and it will endanger future patients in similar situations.
In a recent shocking case, thousands of viewers gathered to watch a British woman being raped on the streaming service Periscope. This isn’t the first incident of crime broadcast live — so how are we going to deal with it?
The fascination with true crime in pop culture represents a larger fascination with the gruesome, the macabre, the gory.
This is little more than a mental health witchhunt.
“Shootings aren’t nearly as common now, as the criminals know how to use the criminal justice system against their victims. But then again, who wants to end up in a Russian prison?”
Suffering: The new escapism?
This bright idea is far more potentially dangerous than banning shampoo in carry-on bags.
Are we certain – or uncertain – in our conviction that these are all isolated incidents? Arrogant or afraid?
Taking away the material means of justice while proclaiming one’s government to be tough on crime is an exercise in rhetoric that’s worse than empty.
It was evident that a crisis was underway in Anaheim, and one that had been created by those in power.