"State-run psychiatric facilities house 45,000 patients, less than a tenth of the number of patients they did in 1955." Should the U.S. Bring Back Psychiatric Asylums? During that time, our population has doubled. That means that we should lock about 950,000 people up in lunatic asylums instead of having legions of crazy homeless people shitting in the streets. Hippy psychologists got that whole de-institutionalization thing going decades ago. You can't fix crazy people, you can only protect society from them.