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Author and Father Addresses Special Populations Workgroup

”I had no idea what it was like to be on the inside looking out…until my son, Mike, was declared mentally ill” said journalist Peter Earley.

Earley was addressing Virginia’s Special Population’s Workgroup meeting, March 3, 2006 at DMHMRSAS Central Office in Richmond. The author and former Washington Post reporter was talking specifically about his upcoming book “Crazy” due out from Putnam Adult Publishers on April 20th.

Earley admitted to the gathering he has since been made aware of the stigma and sensitivity the name of his book engenders. But he made no apologies for its’ focus, partly a personal story of his own family crisis, and partly a wake-up call to show how people with mental illness are ending up behind bars, when what they need is help, not punishment.

Earley’s investigation made it clear in his mind, our nation’s prisons have become our new psychiatric hospitals. Editorial reviews call the book a remarkable piece of investigative journalism, and a portrait that could serve as a snapshot of any community in America.

Read the first chapter from Peter Earley’s book at:

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