Save My Son: A Mother and a Sheriff Unite to Reclaim the Lives of Addicted Offenders

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wills begins this treatise on drug treatment in America by describing her astonishment that an upper-middle-class white family like hers could produce a drug-addicted child. While many readers may not share her na vet , she offers an instructive picture of her son Kirk's downward spiral through the criminal justice system, which made him increasingly ill-equipped to function normally. As his bewildered family tried every form of "tough love" (throwing Kirk out of their home penniless) and blind support (buying him a house, giving him money), they waited in vain for Kirk to "hit bottom" and choose recovery for himself. For his part, coauthor Carona lost his own mother to alcoholism; later on, as sheriff of Orange County, Calif., he began looking for more successful ways to treat drug-addicted prisoners. Bringing together the distinctive viewpoints of a law enforcement officer and a heartbroken mother, Carona and Wills present a dismal set of facts and figures to prove that warehousing nonviolent drug offenders in overcrowded prisons is far more prevalent than any kind of addiction treatment. Deviating from the widely accepted notion that an addict must seek help voluntarily, the authors highlight the success of "coercive" rehab facilities within prisons (sometimes offered as alternatives to prison sentences). With impressive statistics on the monetary savings of treatment over incarceration, Wills and Carona call for revamping a prison system that seems to hurt more than it helps. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568385549
  • Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
  • Publication date: 9/12/2000
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Maralys Wills's eight published books span several genres and publishers. Her first book, Manbirds: Hang Gliders & Hang Gliding, (Prentice-Hall, 1981) was non-fiction, listed by Library Journal as one of the '100 best' in Science and Technology for that year. Four romances followed, published by both Harlequin and Silhouette. In 1988, she published Fun Games for Great Parties (Price/Stern/Sloan) which remained in print for six years.Maralys's personal experience story, a mainstream titled Higher Than Eagles, became the lead title for Longstreet Press in early 1992, and was optioned by filmmakers Finnegan-Pinchuk (Northern Exposure), then by Lew Eisaguerre (twice), then in 1996 by Disney Studios.Her techno-thriller, Scatterpath, about a conspiracy to sabotage a line of aircraft, was the lead title for Presidio Press in May 1993. The New York Times called it 'exciting, down-to-the-wire stuff, well told by Ms. Wills, a competent writer who has apparently done her homework. Her cockpit sequences all but put the reader at the controls.' Scatterpath has been optioned by Landsburg Productions and Fox Television Studios.Save My Son: A Mother and a Sheriff Tackle Addiction is co-authored by Sheriff Mike Carona. Maralys attended Stanford and UCLA, earning both a B.A. in psychology and a teaching credential. The mother of 5 boys and a girl, she helped her sons run a hang gliding manufacturing business – until she went home to write books.In addition to frequent speaking engagements, Maralys has given numerous writing seminars – at UCLA, UC Riverside, Cerritos College, and writers' conferences across the country. For the past 15 years, she's taught novel-writing at both Orange Coast College and North Orange County College District. She is a past president of the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America.Mike Carona, Orange County California's sheriff, has worked for 22 years in the County Marshall's department. He has an associate of science degree in administration of justice, a bachelor of arts degree in management, a master is arts degree in management, and a master of science degree in management. He lives in Orange, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    A Mother and a Sheriff Unite.......

    I believe this is a good book, although it does not tell the truth..I happen to be related, by marriage, to this cowriter. I believe truth should be written, but, I do give this a good rating for a fictional book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2001

    A Must Read for Parents, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Majors

    An enlighten book about addiction, incarceration, and solutions to the revolving door of drug abuse. Sheriff Michael Carona seems to be a visionary with a model for prisons and jails across the country

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