This is the hospital in my hood (growing up). It's a famous place because it was founded in 1736 and has been a leader in mental health over centuries. It has been rendered useless by today's legislative genius.
The original Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital building, now
a men's homeless shelter.
Many of you are too young to understand what has happened in this arena. During the late seventies, funding was cut for mental health and treatment which resulted in tens of thousands of mentally ill folks to be pushed out of these facilities. Many were criminally insane, did crimes and were put into prison, only to be released onto the streets again. The cycle began and is intact today.
I am a proponent of removing the criminally insane from society. But, I am not a proponent of waiting until these folks kill somebody before taking action. Trained doctors need to be in charge of this, not cops. We need to study these folks and find the chemical makeup & preordained behavior patterns of these folks. With this info, we can determine a young person's disposition before they kills our kids.
As for whether some should remain in a mental health facility -- I agree there are some folks that cannot be cured. But prison is not the place, for several reasons -- one big reason is the lacking knowledge of those in charge, who, when pressed by budget cuts etc, will randomly release these type folks without batting an eye.
As for the cost of such programs -- could it be possible corporations would help fund? Ya. It's possible.