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"Notably free of policy jargon, Sabine's work is about real people and the stories they have to tell."--Brooklyn Rail
"It will set readers thinking and possibly wanting to do more research on the subject."--Library Journal
Posted November 28, 2013
This heartfelt book addresses the needs of released inmates in their struggle to survive among a populous that so easily discards them into the system. With the lack of empathy and humanity in America, the label of “felon” will loom over these people’s heads for a lifetime, oftentimes pushing them further into the system if released back into society. This book sheds an eye-opening light onto a broken system that desperately needs more public awareness and support.
“When you’ve killed someone, you’ve done the ultimate; you’ve crossed that line. The only person that I was truly afraid of was me…”
Programs like CEO and WeCare are just failing the needy workforce while sucking billions of federal and state dollars per year and are more geared on pushing people through the program and not for what they truly are meant for; finding meaningful employment. Despite how educated these offenders are, or skilled, the buck usually stops with any potential employer learning they are ex-convicts, especially for murder. People already have their opinions and usually don’t want to discuss any further. This only puts society in a worse position to deal with people who have a rap sheet.
The author’s dedication to writing and to this subject is shown through her harrowing shadowing of these three ex-convicts, all convicted of murder, no less. While many writers might have spent several weeks or months immersed in their prime environment, Heinlein gave two years to these men so they could tell their stories, which shows her true empathetic nature as a writer and the lack thereof within society.
If you are looking for a soul touching, look no further and pick up this book. You won’t be let down.
*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
*You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
I haven't read the book yet, and I know Angel Ramos slightly. The book may be superficial, as the edityorial suggests, but accommodating to the real world after prison is indeed difficult.What is a just punishment for strangling a girl? If we agree that murderers will one day be released to the community after having served a sentence imposed by a court, then we need to figure out how we will help them jadjust to life outside, when they are discriminated against for jobs and housing and have had no experience for years in making decisions about how to use their time, and the little money they have. Of course we are afraid of murderers, but we have chosen to give them prison terms that come to an end for the most part, we then need to figure out how to reintegrate them to become useful members of society This book probably deserves to be read by anyone interested in prison reform. Also worth reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander..Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2013
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