Should a convicted felon with Asperger's be treated with leniency when it come

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  1. Barbara Gabrielli profile image60
    Barbara Gabrielliposted 2 years ago

    Should a convicted felon  with Asperger's  be treated with leniency when it comes to sex crime?

    Are they capable of knowing what they have done?

  2. lions44 profile image98
    lions44posted 2 years ago

    You can't.  All perpetrators of sex crimes claim some sort of mental defect or that's it's an "illness."  At least their attorneys do.  I know that there is a school of psychiatrists that believe they should be treated as mentally ill. Those with Asperger's can be locked up and receive treatment like everyone else.  With sex crimes, it's never a matter of leniency because of the high rates of recidivism.

  3. Annsalo profile image84
    Annsaloposted 2 years ago

    All mental illnesses should have an impact on a trial. Does that mean they shouldn't in some way be held accountable for their actions? Of course not. All people should be held accountable in one way or another.
    With that said, I have a son with Asperger's. He doesn't understand what people want. He doesn't understand tones or facial expressions. He often doesn't comprehend "No" to it's full extent. While he is very bright in some ways he is like a savant. He is brilliant if you are trying to break down something like a scientific theory, but tell the kid not to say mean things to his brother and he doesn't actually comprehend what mean is.
    So when you say leniency, yes to an extent. Prisons do not really offer mental health services like many think. They throw pills at them. So a mental hospital would be the best bet.
    It is a parent's responsibility to teach a child with Asperger's what not to do and how to comprehend basic emotions and expressions from others. Since I am a sexual abuse survivor I have actually spent some time explaining some basic meanings so that my son will understand what a female is implying. I have spent time explaining "No means no" even if it looks like a yes (the way he sees things). My son is almost 13. I hope I never have to deal with a sex crime when it comes to him, but if I did I think I would feel it was my fault.
    A lot of people with Asperger's need very basic explanations even for things that seem like a no brainer to us.

  4. tamarawilhite profile image92
    tamarawilhiteposted 2 years ago

    It may mean putting them in a psych ward instead of a hospital, but it does not mean letting them out early to pose a renewed threat to the public.


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