Russ committed thousands of dollars of damage during a two-hour drunken vandalism spree. He never saw the inside of a jail, yet in the thirty years since his first arrest he remains re-arrest free. He's a rehabilitation success story. Manny stole a car at thirteen years of age, a crime for which he was sentenced to a detention center. That was only the first of what would become dozens of arrests, re-arrests, and convictions in Manny's lifetime. Criminal behavior became his way of life. Russ and Manny represent the best and worst of today's American rehabilitation policies. While a few programs and institutions succeed in helping people with criminal tendencies to turn their lives around, many fail. How are people who commit crimes being successfully rehabilitated? What works? What doesn't? Is there hope for change for someone who finds himself behind bars? The real-life case studies provided in this book offer intriguing answers and observations. They may even raise additional questions. In any case, Prisoner Rehabilitation: Success Stories and Failures provides a balanced perspective of what rehabilitation is and how it can better be accomplished.
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This is a very well written book describing in detail how the justice system can work to help people redeem themselves and become positive contributors to society. I especially like chapter #6 that tells the story of Russ Kelly and The Elmira Case where he is an offender in the first criminal case in Canada where restorative justice is used. He learned a valuable lesson about humanity, redemption and forgiveness. The victims received a sincere apology from a genuinely remorseful young man that had made a few bad choices and got himself in trouble. It is obvious in this case that the victims achieved closure and healing resulting from meeting young Russ and his willingness to accept responsibility for his actions and hold himself accountable for what he had done. That is truly amazing and wouldn't it be nice if more cases could end this way! One could only imagine how he must have felt when he found out that his run in with the law that fateful night in 1974 would have such an impact on the criminal justice systems in countless countries around the globe. It sure was a drunken rampage that changed legal history! Way to go Russ! He sure has made a positive difference in countless people's lives in such a meaningful way. It is too bad that many criminals do not own up to their actions and accept responsibility for what they had done and hold themselves accountable. It could otherwise achieve much healing and closure, thus allowing victims to move forward with their lives.