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Crazy in America The Hidden Tragedy of Our Criminalized Mentally Ill

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ISBN-10: 0786717459

ISBN-13: 9780786717453

Edition: N/A

Authors: Mary Beth Pfeiffer

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The American prison system today contains an estimated quarter of a million people who suffer from mental illness. In this searing critique, Mary Beth Pfeiffer shows how people suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression and other serious psychological illnesses are regularly incarcerated simply because alternative care is not available and how, once behind bars, they are punished again and again for behavior that is psychotic, not criminal. Drawing on numerous case studies--ranging from the story of a fifty-six-year-old killer who thought he was Jesus Christ to a schizophrenic who plucked her eyes out while in solitary confinement--Pfeiffer brings to light the wider…    
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 5/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English