Yesterday there was an alert mentioned on the news. Two children were abducted by their birth mother. She had previously lost custody and only allowed court-supervised visitation. The father, who had full custody, reported the abduction to police.
No Amber Alert was published. Even when the 10pm local newscast mentioned the serious situation, they did not refer this crisis as an "Amber Alert".
Was it because the abduction was committed by a woman? Was it more likely to be given the higher alert status of "amber" if the man had been the dangerous fugitive?
Two weeks ago I and a group of community leaders held a townhall meeting & had the Tulsa County Sheriff and jail medical staff present the new mental health treatment plan and facilities at the jail. The $15 million mental health pods were built to house themost serious of the 600 men in the jail who are diagnosed and being treated for serious mental illness. A full 1/3 of the male population is mentally ill.
But less than 5% of the 250 women in the jail are diagnosed & treated for serious mental illness. So the men are going to be in the segregated pods built for those in that condition. The most serious mental health cases among the women will then be housed in the jail infirmary, which has about 10% of the capacity for inmates.
But if they were really using the good senses that most of the mental health advocates around them exercised, they'd have been asking;
I think this says more about our societal fears than our realistic response to actual public dangers.