Savas, E. S.
Heinemann, H. Erich
Wriston, Walter B.
Recovering streets and public spaces, now threatened by the violently mentally ill, must rank as a priority. Toward that end, you should convene a task force of legal experts to recommend revisions in civil commitment laws, with the goal of substantially broadening current criteria for commitment to state mental institutions and reversing the downturn in the institutional population. I believe the key criteria are legislatively, rather than constitutionally, defined. Assuming that some of them have come to be constitutionally defined, you should form a small task force of able lawyers to develop and pursue a litigation strategy aimed at reversing the worst of the relevant decisions.
You should also develop some form of triage for separating the "homeless" into the truly homeless (I believe there are a substantial number), the addicted, the mentally ill, and so forth, so that people will get the kind of help-including commitment, when appropriate-that suits their individual needs.
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Walter Wriston former Chairman, Citicorp
Stanley Crouch Author, Notes of a Hanging Judge
Stephen Berger former Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Charles Morris Author, The Cost of Good Intentions
Margaret Mahoney President, Commonwealth Fund
Richard Cornuelle Author, Reclaiming the American Dream: The Role of Private Individuals and Voluntary Associations
Mortimer Zuckerman Publicher, Daily News
Richard Nathan Director, Nelson A. Rockefeller Institutle of Government
Mitchell Moss Director, Urban Research Center, New York University
Harley Brooke-Hitching President, Equitites, Ltd. an inner-city development firm
H. Erich Heinemann Chief Ecnomoist, Landberg Thalmann
Elizabeth McCaughey Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Daniel Biederman President, Grand Central Partnership
E.S. Savas Chairman, Department of Management, Baruch College
Joel Kotkin Author, Tribes: How Race, Religion, and Identity Determine Success in the New Global Economy
Peter Cove Founder, America Works, a job-placement firm
William Stern former Chairman, Urbank Development Corporation