Insane americas criminal treatment of mental illness is an urgent expos of the mental health crisis in our courts jails and prisons out now from basic books in america having a mental illness has become a crime one in four fatal police shootings involves a person with mental illness. In her new book insane americas criminal treatment of mental illness roth investigates the widespread incarceration of the mentally ill in the us and what she sees as impossible burdens . This work details the history of the handling of the criminally insane and the treatment of inmates with a mental illness in america it is not a pretty story the criminal justice system is essentially the storage facility for mentally ill patients for the last 50 years since the disestablishment of large state mental hospitals. The incarcerated are disproportionately african american and latinx and nearly half have been diagnosed with a mental illness in her book insane americas criminal treatment of mental illness journalist alisa roth reports on the lack of care available to these vulnerable populations and describes the abuse and punishment that exacerbates
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