Allowing this maniac to live in normal society is, well, crazy. There’s also a fascinating list of restrictions, indicating that authorities don’t actually quite trust him, and from which one can infer that he’s not necessarily considered mentally well. For some reason I have a feeling the government will screw this up.
A federal judge has eased the release terms for John W. Hinckley, Jr., the would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan, permitting him to live on his own or with roommates under tight travel restrictions in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Hinckley, 63, has been living at his mother’s home in Williamsburg, about 150 miles south of Washington, since his conditional release from St. Elizabeth’s hospital in 2016…
The latest consent order will allow Hinckley to live on his own. He is required to perform volunteer or paid work at least 3 days a week, and keep a daily log of his activities.
He has reportedly been working part time at a Williamsburg bookstore.
Hinckley is restricted to a 75-mile radius of Williamsburg and can travel unaccompanied, but will not be required to have a tracking device on his car. The order, however, does require him to carry a GPS-enabled cell phone whenever he is away from his residence.
As in the past, Hinckley must submit to regular treatment from a variety of mental health specialists.
The order allows him to use the Internet but not to search for information about himself, or join any social media sites.
Hinckley is banned from having weapons or consuming alcohol or illegal drugs. He must also avoid any contact with the news media, his victims and their families, the U.S. president, and members of Congress.