Dr. E. Fuller Torrey’s scorching indictment of deinstitutionalization – “one of the great social disasters in recent American history” – is being released in a new paperback edition that includes an epilogue on the January 2011 shootings in Arizona that left six people dead and 13 more wounded.
“Tragedy in Tucson” details accused killer Jared Lee Loughner’s promising childhood and the five years of deterioration that began in his teens. It concludes by exploring the role of Arizona’s public policies related to untreated severe mental illness and how they contributed to the tragedy.
Like the original edition, the paperback version of The Insanity Offense “chronicles a disastrous swing in the balance of civil rights that has resulted in numerous violent episodes and left a vulnerable population of mentally ill people homeless and victimized."
Interweaving in-depth accounts of landmark cases in California, Wisconsin and North Carolina with a history of legislation and changes in the mental health care system, Dr.Torrey "gives shape to the magnitude of our failure and outlines what needs to be done to reverse this ongoing – and accelerating – disaster," according to the amazon.com review.
Published by W.W. Norton & Co., the book’s official release date is Jan. 2 but can be ordered online now.