Broadmoor Psychiatric Inmate Finally To Get Hearing

Here’s a good one for you. This psychiatric inmate at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire, England, a high-security facility used to imprison people labeled criminally insane, is making a bid for his freedom. The story appears in The Independent under the heading Historic hearing begins into Broadmoor patient seeking his freedom.

Albert Haines, 52, is seeking to be discharged from Broadmoor Hospital after nearly a quarter of a century detained under the Mental Health Act at high- and medium-security facilities. He insists that doctors misdiagnosed him and that he would pose no threat to the public if he were to be released.

Almost 25 years, wow, a whopping quarter of a century, confined, and this man insists that he’s not, if he ever was, the raving maniac they take him for!

His doctor has a different opinion on the matter.

“My clinical view is that Mr Haines is presenting with paranoid psychosis, in the sense that his preoccupation with the injustice he believes the psychiatric system has caused him is out of proportion with reality,” Dr Romero-Urcelay said. “He believes that we are persecuting him”.

Let’s see. After nearly 25 years confinement Dr. Romero-Urcelay and the staff of Broadmoor are persecuting Mr. Albert Haines. Actions, after all, and inactions, speak louder than words. Enough said.

What is his offense? What is he in for?

He was first brought to Broadmoor in 1986 after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted wounding. In 1992 he was moved to Three Bridges, in Ealing, a medium-secure unit where he spent 16 years before being moved back to Broadmoor after a series of confrontations with staff.

You’ve got to be kidding! 25 years for attempted wounding!? His case represents an extreme travesty of justice if I’ve ever seen one. In the USA we would call this kind of maltreatment cruel and unusual punishment. Cruel and unusual punishment has been outlawed by the US Constitution. Therapy is not a good pretext for cruel and unusual punishment.

In a statement given to the tribunal, Mr Haines explained: “I am labelled as having a mental disorder which I do not accept. So long as I am in a psychiatric setting I will be seen as a patient who needs treatment. Everything I do or say will be interpreted on this basis.”

Perhaps he’s got something there. Sounds reasonable enough, doesn’t he? If only his doctor sounded as reasonable. After 25 years at Broadmoor Mr. Haines should be sufficiently rehabilitated to leave the institution I would think. I don’t see what good any additional confinement is going to do him.

Let’s hope the British justice officials will make the right decision, and release Mr. Haines from this unjust and ridiculous imprisonment at Broadmoor.

25 years! Gosh! That’s closer to a third of a lifetime than a quarter of a lifetime until we have longer lifetimes. Citizens of Great Britain, for mercy and decency’s sake, release this man!