Now I'm curious. What is her particular condition? It may warrant hospitalization, for her own safety. My aunt deals with the inmates in Folsom Prison, and she says some of them could never have lived normal lives. It's sad, but mental disorders happen, and people in hospitals like this try to take care of them. Now granted, having them locked away in a room their whole life is just wrong. They do need to get outside, and have a change of scenery once in a while. But at the same time, they have a responsibility to make sure they don't hurt anyone. What if she has very severe paranoia, or schizophrenia, or dementia? Would you really want her to be able to have access to a car, or heavy machinery, or weapons? You say, well just keep them away from her, but that's easier said than done outside of a facility like this. I am by no means condoning abuse of patients, but sometimes force is necessary. My own personal experience has taught me that. The brother I grew up with has sever autism, I forget what range, and he is prone to violent outbursts. He used to throw things, like lamps, VCR's, or anything he could lift. He would even try to claw at my face. Now I love him to death, and I know the outbursts are not his fault. But there have been times where I've had to pin him to the ground, and hold him there for nearly a half hour. If I didn't he could seriously hurt himself, or our parents. I hated doing it, but there was no choice. You all shout for her to have freedom, but freedom isn't always safe. If she has been misdiagnosed, then the doctor will fight to have her released. But in the mean time, until the order is given, the facility has a legal responsibility to keep her there. This isn't some prison where they intentionally keep innocent people against their will. This is society's way of trying to help these people survive, and live as close to a normal life as they possibly can.