The Law: Opening the Asylums

For nearly 15 years, Kenneth Donaldson had trouble sleeping. "There was the fear," he explains, "always the fear you have in your mind, I suppose, that when you go to sleep maybe someone will jump on you during the night. They never did. But you think about those things. It was a lunatic asylum." The Florida State Hospital was indeed an insane asylum, and Donaldson was committed there by his father as a "paranoid schizophrenic" in 1957. He was a college dropout and a divorced father of three; though he had held regular jobs, he had begun complaining that he was...

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