Here is a natural follow-up to last weeks post. Doing nothing about violence in our society is expensive and damaging. Here is a study done to enumerate some of the costs and consequences of non-prevention. Basically, we all stand with our heads in the sand and pray for violence to go away; while paying through the noses to deal with the effects caused by said violence–whether it be prisons, police departments, military, or just mental health treatments. We all pay to support this.
Please read this study to the end and see if you don’t agree that we need to be doing more for prevention of violence than we currently are doing. The connection between mental health issues and violence seems to be that the mentally ill are most likely to become the recipients of this violence and then need more and longer treatment to help them.