Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption
Probably you are having a better day than Don Cronk, Ed Ramirez, Rich Rael, Phillip Seiler, or Jesse Reed did for many years. And almost certainly you are having a better day than the people who died as a result of their actions. Don Cronk, Phillip Seiler, and Jesse Reed each shot and killed a man, making it very definitely homicide. Rich Rael was involved, after consuming much alcohol, in a fight in which a companion had already knifed two guys; Rael gave one of them a kick in the head after h...more
I want to do art therapy with prisoners. I am currently an art therapy grad student. This book was absolutely wonderful. So touching and so motivating. This book perfectly illustrates WHY we need reform programs and rehab options and job opportunities. It's also sad at the same time, so hear about the laws that don't work in favor for the prisoners now and to know they're still in effect in 2016 for the most part. I am hoping to change that. I want nothing more than to help p ...more
Due to various changes to California legislation (which the author does a great job of archiving and explaining), those who are convicted of homicide face a sentence ending with the word "to life", which basically means an indeterminate se ...more
One quote from the book that's really stuck with me is from page 23. "You know, addiction and alcoholism are the root cause of all crimes in some fashion. Dealing it, selling it, robbing and burglarizing to get money to buy it. When people are under the influence, they do crazy ...more
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In the social work field we are always told to watch out for our biases. This book opens up the world of murderers and gives everyone a new perspective. I found myself hoping that these men strive and succeed after being in jail for 20+ year ...more
I heard the author on our local NPR program and bought the book to know the whole story. This book gave me a view of the men in prison, their families and the prison system in a personal but not "preachy" way. The author entered this experience with no agenda. The stories she heard and the circumstances she experienced informed the point of view of the book. It is well written and well worth reading.
This book really made me think. It even prompted a heated debate between my husband and me. I think it would be great for a book club. I had a very difficult time putting it down and finished it in one day. I've thought about the five life stories of these men all day. Highly recommended!