Indeed the New York City Department of Corrections was derelict in their duties, and violated Mr. Murdough's civil liberties by allowing him to bake in a cell. But the question is. Why is the issue of mental so difficult to deal with? I am of the opinion that it is because mental diseases are not tangible. Physical wounds are easy to see, easier to treat, and visual. It is hard for man to believe, much less treat or diagnos what he cannot see. But it can be and is being done. But for jails and prisons it becomes a symptomatic, problematic, delicate guessing game, and penal institutions are just not equipped enough to handle these cases. However this doesn't not lessen the responsibility they have to those who are in custody.