His baseless assertion fans the flames of fear and prejudice against those with mental illness.
This can be particularly true in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, where cultural barriers can impede engagement with mental health treatment.
When he implies that those who suffer mental illness are dangerous and need to be locked up, he is fueling that fear and shame.
When someone commits an act because of a mental illness, the opportunity for treatment in mental health court can be life-altering.
Those who suffer with mental illness are released untreated and traumatized; they often become homeless and revolve right back into custody.