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Insane

America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness

by Alisa Roth

Hardcover, 312 pages, Perseus Books Group, List Price: $28 |

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An exposâe of the mental-health crisis in America's courts and prisons reveals that nearly half of the nation's inmates are actually afflicted by a psychiatric problem, examines how inmates are denied treatment, and suggests a more humane approach.

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Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished For Their Symptoms

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By some estimates, nearly half of the people confined in U.S. jails and prisons have a mental illness, notes Alisa Roth, author of Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness. Darrin Klimek/Getty Images hide caption

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'Insane': America's 3 Largest Psychiatric Facilities Are Jails

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