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Author Torrey, E. Fuller (Edwin Fuller), 1937-

Title The insanity offense : how America's failure to treat the seriously mentally ill endangers its citizens / E. Fuller Torrey.

Imprint New York : W.W. Norton, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    362.19689 TOR    DUE 08-03-20 Billed
Edition 1st ed.
Description xvi, 265 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-250) and index.
Contents Introduction : the origins of a disaster -- Death by the roadside -- Thirteen murders to prevent an earthquake -- "The odds are still in society's favor" -- The killing of three devils -- The sad legacy of Ms. Lessard -- God does not take medication -- The consequences of unconstrained civil liberties : homeless, incarcerated, and victimized -- The consequences of unconstrained civil liberties : violent and homicidal -- An imperative for change -- Fixing the system -- Coda : death by the roadside.
Summary Beginning in the 1960s in the United States, scores of patients with severe psychiatric disorders were discharged from public mental hospitals. At the same time, activists forced changes in commitment laws that made it impossible to treat half of the patients that left the hospital. The combined effect was profoundly destructive. Today, among homeless persons, at least one-third are severely mentally ill; among the incarcerated, at least one-tenth. Of those individuals living in our communities, many are the victims of violent crime. Other untreated individuals commit crimes, including murder and assault. Here, advocate Torrey takes full stock of this phenomenon, exploring the causes and consequences as he weaves together narratives of individual tragedies in three states with sobering national data on our failure to treat the mentally ill. In the book's final chapters, Torrey outlines what needs to be done to reverse this ongoing--and accelerating--disaster.--From publisher description.
Subject Mental health services -- United States -- Evaluation.
Mentally ill -- Deinstitutionalization -- United States.
Mentally ill -- Commitment and detention -- United States.
Dangerously mentally ill -- United States.
Mental health laws -- United States.
ISBN 9780393066586 (hardcover)
0393066584 (hardcover)

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