State Senator Tony Fulton of Lincoln says he’s been scared for his children’s safety after the escape of 10 individuals from the Lincoln Regional Center in the last five years. Some residents were found not guilty by reason of mental defect. Fulton argues in the case of Shane Tilly of Lincoln, that the young man chose to become intoxicated when he stabbed his friend several times, but was rational enough to escape from the center. He wants people who escape from regional center charged with a crime.
Mary Sullivan of the Lincoln Regional Center says this is wrong. She says many residents are just confused when they escape.
Sullivan says some patients escape because a lock on a door is broken and that does not make them criminals.
Fulton is worried that those found not guilty by reason of insanity are not insane at the time they escape and says they should be charged.