NY Daily News Editorial: Help Can't Wait for Those Imprisoned With Mental Illness
On November 29, 2018, Manhattan Together member Temple Shaaray Tefila will welcome mental health advocate and New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley, to hear about the personal experiences which came to inspire his book, Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness. Pete's book details his journey as both a father fighting for his child and as a journalist, in search of a better way to shut the "revolving door" between hospitals and jails; a door which often eventually leads to tragedy.
Denied medication and sanitary napkins, pepper sprayed and locked in solitary confinement for months, Jan Green (left) spent more than 2 years in jail awaiting trial for charges that were eventually dismissed.
The Virginian-Pilot's investigation of the deaths of over 400 people with mental illness describes in graphic and horrific detail, the shameful state of mental health "treatment" in many US jails.