Pete Earley Best-selling author; former reporter

A former Washington Post reporter, Pete Earley is the author of thirteen books, including three New York Times bestsellers. For his book, The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison, Earley spent an entire year as a reporter inside the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan. His book, Circumstantial Evidence: Death Life and Justice in a Southern Town, helped free a wrongly accused man from Alabama’s death row. His book, CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness, was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. It describes his adult son’s mental breakdown and how American jails and prisons have become our new mental asylums. He can be reached at or