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Almost true. In most cases of stalking, you're right, because there is no evidence of mental illness.

To your point--no psychiatrist will institutionalize someone on your testimony, but a judge might. Depending on the state, a judge can send a person on a 72-hour court order to a psychiatric facility on the basis of an affidavit from a concerned party. If you can convince the judge, which in my state is apparently not difficult, the person wins a psychiatric admission.

I would receive advice from someone who has dealt with these issues before even thinking about such a course of advice.

"Lock em up!" feels like a great idea. Until you wonder what happens between them hearing about it, and showing up in court. Or after they are released from the psychiatric admission.

This is a plan that can backfire..badly.

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