Questions raised after 'mentally ill' man absconds from Minnesota security hospitalRoger Lloyd Zimmerman was in a treatment program that eventually tries to get "mentally ill and dangerous" patients to the point that they can return to their home community. The only alternative to that effort is lifetime confinement for the mentally ill, St. Peter (Minn.) Police Chief Matt Peters said. "For society, the bigger question is, do we want to warehouse people for the rest of their live?" he said. "If these people are ill - in this case, mentally ill - the premise is that they're treatable. That's not going to be possible in every case."
By: Mark Fischenich, Mankato (Minn.) Free Press / MCT