Kendra Webdale was a young woman from Fredonia who had moved to New York City and was trying to make it as a journalist. One morning, as she was standing on a subway platform, a man with severe schizophrenia came up behind her and pushed her in front of an oncoming train. She was killed instantly.
The random nature of the attack, its senselessness and sheer brutality stunned the entire city, and subsequently led to passage of legislation that addressed the problem of deranged people who go off their meds and wander city streets.
The legislation expires this year, and lawmakers must revisit the issue.
As a public policy experiment, Kendra’s Law was a success. Three major studies have indicated that it protects society and helps the mentally ill. See the Empirepage for information on these studies, as well as a haunting image of Kendra that caught our attention this morning.
This law should be made permanent. There’s no legitimate reason not to do so.