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Mental Health Courts and Mental Illness

You are part of a citizen's watchdog committee on the circuit court in your region of the state. Recently, the state has started a mental health court, in which defendants may voluntarily enter into a treatment program instead of being prosecuted and sentenced to a prison term.

Mr. John Snodgrass was recently arrested at a local park playground while attempting to look up the skirts of little girls about 5 or 6 years old playing on the park's monkey bars. His lawyer explained that Snodgrass has a heterosexual pedophilia disorder, but it only results in him looking at little girls—he has never touched one. The judge allowed Snodgrass to voluntarily enter a diversion program for the new mental health court.

Please help responding to the following questions.

What is the intent of the mental health court in general?
Did the judge make an appropriate decision in this case, and why?
What other alternatives would have been more appropriate for this defendant?

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To be clear for future assignments, it is best that you articulate exactly the concerns/questions you have pertaining to the assignment so that I can better assist you. For now, I will provide you with some helpful tips and attached document to help you in responding to the questions. To begin, you should have a good grasp on what the intentions of the mental court is. In other words, what is the purpose and and benefits of having a mental health court? Think about the scenario of Mr. Snodgrass and his recent ...

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This solution discusses protecting the well-being of society members and perpetrator through a Mental Health Court.