Well, yes. Not in the sense of grabbing random people off the street, but let's look again at Jaworski. He's clearly mentally ill, he's had violent run-ins with the police, and he had a warrant out for his arrest. Wouldn't he be a good candidate to be taken off the street?
"But where would we take them?" Parekh asks. "Where would that place be? We don't want to go back to the days of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' either. It used to be very easy to lock people up."
Those days, immortalized in Ken Kesey's "Cuckoo's Nest," ended in the '60s when mental health professionals became convinced that Thorazine and other drugs could treat schizophrenia and other mental conditions. They argued that locking people up in asylums was pointless and expensive.
Instead, the idea was that once successfully medicated, mentally ill patients would be released from confinement. The original idea was that states would set up treatment centers that would monitor progress, but in most cases those centers were not funded.