18 enero 2010

Books I Liked

Por "la famosa escritora norteamericana"

Edward Bunker
208 pgs. 2003. No Exit Press

"I knew Mr. Bunker in 1973 and had an autographed copy of this book (since been lost). This book very accurately describes and depicts the often brutal and violent realities in prison, and the thinking of the men and women incarcerated there.
I also agree with Mr. Bunker's assessment of the mindset and philosophies, in general, of law enforcement and co
rrectional agencies and personnel (i.e. most prison environments are dehumaninizing and not oriented towards "rehabilitation" or developing personal empathy and insights that will lead to positive changes).
However, I also believe very strongly (and know from my own personal experience that it's usually a con- venient rationalization to blame external circumstances or experiences for leading to criminal behavior). There is no behavior without a thought, and it's t
he criminal thinking that is distorted (for whatever reason)...but it's the thinking... coupled with empathy (and other factors)...that also holds the potential for meaningful change...and breaking the cycle of recidivism.
This book gives the "uninitiated" a very real look into what is usually incomprehensible to the vast majority of people in our society...and perhaps a clue as to how to make a difference.

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