By Pete Earley
Former Washington submit reporter Pete Earley had written widely in regards to the felony justice approach. however it used to be merely while his personal son- within the throes of a manic episode-broke right into a neighbor's residence that he discovered what occurs to mentally in poor health those who holiday a legislations. this can be the Earley family's compelling tale, a troubling examine bureaucratic apathy and the numerous hundreds of thousands who are suffering confinement rather than care, brutal stipulations rather than therapy, within the "revolving doorways" among medical institution and penal complex. With mass deinstitutionalization, huge numbers of nation psychological sufferers are homeless or in jail-an event little higher than the horrors of a century in the past. Earley takes us at once into that experience-and into that of a father and award-winning journalist attempting to struggle for a greater manner.
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I hung up the receiver and ran after him. ” “To save Jen. ” “This is nuts,” I said. ” He started walking faster. “You’re acting weird. ” Mike shot me a glaring look and started running. I tried to keep up, but couldn’t. I turned back toward the house, jumped into my car, and began searching for him. An hour later, he came home. He couldn’t find Jen, he said. “We need to go to the hospital,” I told him. ” “Jen wants you to go,” I tried. ” he asked, his face suddenly brightening. “Yes,” I replied.
A major shift had occurred in our country. The mentally ill, who used to be treated in state mental hospitals, were now being arrested. Our nation’s jails and prisons were our new asylums. In 1955, some 560,000 Americans were being treated for mental problems in state hospitals. Between 1955 and 2000, our nation’s population increased from 166 million to 276 million. If you took the patient-percapita ratio that existed in 1955 and extrapolated it on the basis of the new population, you’d expect to find 930,000 patients in state mental hospitals.
You make your living investigating stories. So investigate this. Pete Earley, the journalist, can dig out information that Pete Earley, the father, would never be able to get. ” I hesitated. I didn’t know how Mike would feel about it, and I didn’t want to risk writing something that might anger the people who’d be dealing with his case. I was also scared about what I might find. In the past, it wouldn’t have bothered me if I’d discovered alarming conditions in the mental health system. Now this disease wore a recognizable face.
Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley