Crazy by Pete Earley
A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness

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Former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley had written extensively about the criminal justice system. But it was only when his own son-in the throes of a manic episode-broke into a neighbor's house that he learned what happens to mentally ill people who break a law.

This is the Earley family's compelling story, a troubling look at bureaucratic apathy and the countless thousands who suffer confinement instead of care, brutal conditions instead of treatment, in the "revolving doors" between hospital and jail. With mass deinstitutionalization, large numbers of state mental patients are homeless or in jail-an experience little better than the horrors of a century ago. Earley takes us directly into that experience-and into that of a father and award-winning journalist trying to fight for a better way.

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Pete Earley is a former Washington Post reporter and winner of the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar for Best Fact Crime Book in 1996 for Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town. His book, which also won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, helped free an innocent man from Alabama's death row. Earley's account of the John Walker spy ring, Family of Spies, was a New York Times bestseller and CBS mini-series. The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison was a national bestseller and was based on a year that Earley spent inside a maximum security federal prison as an author. Born in Arizona, Earley was reared in Colorado and worked for newspapers in Kansas and Oklahoma before moving to the Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C., where he lives with his wife, Patti. They have seven children.
Published April 3, 2007 by Berkley. 396 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Seasoned investigative journalist Earley (Super Casino, 2000, etc.) splices together the story of his son’s alarming brush with the law and a report on our society’s criminalization of the mentally ill.

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Pete Earley uses a journalist's eye in a personal and compelling exploration of America's mentally ill and its mental health system.

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The other is Earley's investigation of this country's mental health system, one that takes him to Miami and an exploration of the psych ward of the Miami-Dade County Jail and the resources available to those impacted by mental illness.

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Dr. Poitier, the psychiatrist on C Wing on the ninth floor of the jail, where inmates with mental illnesses are housed, told Earley, "If our society says that barely surviving, that living on the street like an animal is acceptable for people who are mentally sick, then I say, ‘No!

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