The Dade SAO has allowed drug court to expand to include defendant's who are mentally ill.
If the client enters and completes a drug court type program supervised by Judge White-Labora, then the client can have the charges dropped.
The program sounds good.
Mentally ill people need help.
Query: Why are we prosecuting people who are mentally ill anyway?
Why are we jamming mentally ill people into a drug court program? Certainly the statistics show that many mentally ill people self medicate and have a concomitant drug problem that needs treatment.
Would we prosecute diabetics for having a high blood sugar count?
Would we prosecute epileptics for having a seizure in public?
Do we expect Judges in Broward to know and follow the law? OK. Bad example, but still.....
Then why do we arrest and prosecute individuals who have a recognizable disease that prevents them from understanding how to act in a law abiding manner?
Simple question. Simple answer. Money. We don't want to spend the money to give these people the treatment they need. The drug court program is a nice start. We hope it works. But its a long way from where we need to be.
Good luck Judge White-Labora.