Originally Posted by jhughes3281
But we don't free them.
In the US a criminal defendant can be found guilty, but insane in which case the defendant is usually placed in a mental hospital or facility for the criminally insane.
A criminal defendant can also be found not guilty due to temporary insanity in which case they can either be freed completely or freed along with a psychiatric care requirement. That psychiatric care requirement does not always involve mandatory emplacement in a secured mental facility.
So we don't always keep those people locked up.
I would agree that it is a very rare situation that we just let someone walk but it does happen.
In the French case the person that committed the murder had spent time in a secured mental facility so he was not always just allowed to walk around freely. Unfortunately he was "on the outside" when the incident happened.
We Americans just really seem to like locking people up. The US locks up far more people per capita than any other country, including China and Russia.
Just another example of where the USA is #1