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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (927 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pete Earley Narrator: Michael Prichar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Pete Earley had no idea. He had been a journalist for over thirty years, and the author of several award-winning—even bestselling—nonfiction books about crime and punishment and society. Yet he had always been on the outside looking in. He had no idea what it was like to be on the inside looking out until his son, Mike, was declared mentally ill, and Earley was thrown headlong into the maze of contradictions, disparities, and catch-22s that is America’s mental health system.

The more Earley dug, the more he uncovered the bigger picture: our nation’s prisons have become our new mental hospitals. Crazy tells two stories. The first is his son’s. The second describes what Earley learned during a yearlong investigation inside the Miami-Dade County jail, where he was given complete, unrestricted access. There, and in the surrounding community, he shadowed inmates and patients; interviewed correctional officers, public defenders, prosecutors, judges, mental health professionals, and the police; talked with parents, siblings, and spouses; consulted historians, civil rights lawyers, and legislators.

The result is both a remarkable piece of investigative journalism, and a wake-up call—a portrait that could serve as a snapshot of any community in America.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Parents of the mentally ill should find solace and food for thought in its pages.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 2/17/2014

    " What an eye opener! It is both a personal memoir and a journalist's look into how our system criminalizes the mentally ill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zack | 2/12/2014

    " Haunting information about the current state of prisons and the mentally ill... but I don't agree with his conclusions about involuntary commitments just because a parent (or anyone else, really) thinks it needs to happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica Zimbelman | 2/11/2014

    " This was an amazing book, and one everyone who cares about social justice should read. I can personally attest to the truth of this book, working inside Michigan's correctional facilities and seeing the number of mentally ill individuals who need treatment, not incarceration. Seriously, read it people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by jen8998 | 2/4/2014

    " The author's son was charged with a felony after breaking into a random home and taking a bubble bath while in a manic episode. The author explores current laws governing treatment of the mentally ill after finding out he couldn't compel his clearly ill son into treatment. He also looks at how the legal system finds itself treating the mentally ill as long term hospitalization becomes more rare. I didn't always agree with the author's conclusions but I really found this one interesting. "

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