When psychotherapy replaces punishment

When psychotherapy replaces punishment

Diogenes has some thoughts on Paul Nolin, the man accused of murdering 20-year-old Jonathan Wessner on Cape Cod. Nolin was in prison for crimes related to sex and then was at an institution for the sexually dangerous.

Diogenes’ point is that the current system allows a criminal to be indefinitely incarcerated or released based on the whims and preferences of a therapist. And if that therapist sees nothing wrong with deviant sexual behavior, as many in the field of psychology don’t today, then he can be released into the public to hurt others, as Nolin allegedly did.

(For the background on this case, including the priests involved, see these four blog entries: One, Two, Three, Four.)

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Domenico Bettinelli

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