Four Decades in Hospital For Necklace Thief

When Franklin H. Frye was found not guilty by reason of insanity for stealing a necklace worth only $20 in 1971, nobody suspected that his incarceration would last more than forty years.   Or that he would become the centre of a legal battle exposing serious flaws in the laws surrounding mental health sentences.  

Still housed in the psychiatric wing of St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., the 70-year-old Frye's repeated attempts at being released over the past four decades have failed to allow him to leave the hospital permanently. 

To read more, check out my new Psychology Today blog post.


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