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Alisa Roth

Insane : America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness

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<b>An urgent expos&eacute; of the mental health crisis in our courts, jails, and prisons from a veteran public radio journalist.</b> <br /> America has made mental illness a crime. Jails in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago each house more people with mental illnesses than any hospital. As many as half of all people in America's jails and prisons have a psychiatric disorder. One in four fatal police shootings involves a person with such disorders. <br /> In this revelatory book, journalist Alisa Roth goes deep inside the criminal justice system to show how and why it has become a warehouse where inmates are denied proper treatment, abused, and punished in ways that make them sicker. <br /> Through intimate stories of people in the system and those trying to fix it, Roth reveals the hidden forces behind this crisis and suggests how a fairer and more humane approach might look. <i>Insane </i>is a galvanizing wake-up call for criminal justice reformers and anyone concerned about the plight of our most vulnerable.

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An urgent exposé of the mental health crisis in our courts, jails, and prisons from a veteran public radio journalist.
America has made mental illness a crime. Jails in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago each house more people with mental illnesses than any hospital. As many as half of all people in America's jails and prisons have a psychiatric disorder. One in four fatal police shootings involves a person with such disorders.
In this revelatory book, journalist Alisa Roth goes deep inside the criminal justice system to show how and why it has become a warehouse where inmates are denied proper treatment, abused, and punished in ways that make them sicker.
Through intimate stories of people in the system and those trying to fix it, Roth reveals the hidden forces behind this crisis and suggests how a fairer and more humane approach might look. Insane is a galvanizing wake-up call for criminal justice reformers and anyone concerned about the plight of our most vulnerable.An urgent exposéf the mental health crisis in our courts, jails, and prisons

America has made mental illness a crime. Jails in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago each house more people with mental illnesses than any hospital. As many as half of all people in America's jails and prisons have a psychiatric disorder. One in four fatal police shootings involves a person with such disorders.

In this revelatory book, journalist Alisa Roth goes deep inside the criminal justice system to show how and why it has become a warehouse where inmates are denied proper treatment, abused, and punished in ways that make them sicker.

Through intimate stories of people in the system and those trying to fix it, Roth reveals the hidden forces behind this crisis and suggests how a fairer and more humane approach might look. Insane is a galvanizing wake-up call for criminal justice reformers and anyone concerned about the plight of our most vulnerable.

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Language
English
Publisher
Basic Books
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
320
Author
Alisa Roth
Title
Insane
ISBN-13
9780465094196
Publication Date
April, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
10.30 x 6.50 x 1.55 Inches
ISBN-10
0465094198

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I've read quite a bit on this topic over the years, but still this book shook me. The most powerful aspect, for me, is that it's so much more than a thoughtful narrative citing facts and data. Alisa Roth takes us with her into the reality of what it's like for someone with a mental illness who gets caught in the criminal justice system. We meet patients and family, as well as cops and corrections officers and psychologists. We see the good, the bad, and perhaps worst of all, the indifference in how the sick are treated. As the author points out, mental illnesses are diseases of the mind, just as cancer is a disease of the body. We would not ridicule a cancer patient. We would not lock a cancer patient in an isolation cell because he/she is too sick to live within the general population. It's about time we extended the same human courtesy to people with mental illness. Insane is an exceptionally well researched, well written, profound, and disturbing look at the way we're treating an already marginalized segment of society. I would love for everyone to read this book. Until we start flinging open those closed doors and shining light into the darkness, the abuse will continue. And one day it might be your child or your spouse or your brother - or you - behind those closed doors.

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