Dallas, Human Rights, & the Troubled Teen Industry

Last week I shared some of my experiences in Los Angeles. After that, I was invited to Dallas. This was through the introduction of a man who in his youth was in the notorious KIDS (of El Paso, New Jersey, etc.) Program. Paul Yanez,…

On Not Being Alone with my Experience in Los Angeles

Just after writing, but before publishing Dead, Insane, or in Jail: A CEDU Memoir, the first book in my series, I did not know the next steps. My greatest hope was that the messages embedded in my narrative would help improve awareness that…

A Question about the STAFF?

While a child, I witnessed madness around me, and had it coaxed out of me —  as therapy. In many cases the therapy consisted of methods that were the opposite of therapy. In fact, a staff member confessed to me that they received…

Am I QUALIFIED to write about CEDU?

I'm not a sociologist or anthropologist. I'm not currently trying to start a cult. I had two goals when I started writing the Dead, Insane, or in Jail (DIJ) book series: To chronicle what happened, to compose an accurate description…
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Treatment of Institutionalized Juveniles Is Making Headlines!

President Obama recently put an official ban on isolation of institutionalized juveniles in the Federal system. Maia Szalavitz has been educating the public about the troubled teen industry through her speaking and writing. Congressional candidate,…
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Indiegogo Fundraiser Kick-Off, World-Wide 3/1/2016

Get excited for our Indiegogo campaign to launch Book 2!
 Pre-order the sequel, Dead, Insane, or in Jail: Overwritten! starting on March First - only from Indiegogo.com! This campaign will include opportunities for our friends and backers. Have…

Virginia Festival of the Book! Friday 3/18/16 at 2pm in Charlottesville, VA

    At the 22d Annual Virginia Festival of the Book - Zack will be representing Dead, Insane or in Jail: A CEDU Memoir, at the five-day event in Charlottesville, VA. This year some 20k people are expected to attend. Zack…