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Orange County Approves Laura’s Law for the Mentally Ill

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on June 10, 2014 · 0 comments

in California Law, Orange County

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Irvine California criminal defense lawyerOrange County has approved a new law that would allow mentally ill individuals to enter into a court-ordered treatment program rather than being jailed or becoming homeless. It would provide outpatient treatment for those with severe mental illness who may be a threat to themselves or others.

The law is designed to help mentally ill adults who have been hospitalized or incarcerated for mental illness and are considered violent. Laura’s Law was passed in 2002, but each county in California has been allowed to decide whether or not to adopt the program. Until Tuesday when the Orange County Board of Supervisors passed the law, Nevada County was the only other county that had implemented the measure.

The death of a homeless, schizophrenic man three years ago helped bring awareness to the issue in Orange County. Kelly Thomas was killed after fighting with police. His parents say something like Laura’s Law would have kept him off the streets.

The law was named for a 19-year-old college student who was gunned down by a mentally ill gunman in 2001. Scott Thorpe went on a shooting spree after convincing himself that the FBI was trying to poison his food. Thorpe suffered from delusional paranoia.

The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.

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