Friday, September 24, 2010

Criminalizing the Mentally Ill

Author Pete Early discusses the criminalization of mental illness in his new book: "Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness."

When the author's mentally ill son was arrested for breaking and entering, Mr. Early began a quest to examine how mentally ill individuals are treated by America's justice system.

"I discovered what happened to my son was not a freak occurrence. Right now, as we’re talking, you’ve got 365,000 people with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression in jails and prison. You’ve got a half-million on probation, you’ve got a million going through the criminal justice system every year, and the largest public mental facility is not a hospital; it’s the Los Angeles County Jail.

Read more about his discoveries in this interview with the Texas Tribune.

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