- Will putting this individual in prison make their illness worse?
- Is the crime this individual committed a direct result of them not having proper treatment for their mental illness? If so, will proper treatment allow them to be a functioning member of society?
- Is this individual a public safety threat? If not, would treatment be a better option?
- Is there an alternative that would fit this persons needs better than jail?
Placing an individual who has engaged in a particular act as a result of an illness they require treatment for in a place that will deny them the necessary treatment seams counterproductive doesn't it?