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Book Review: Mental Disability, Violence, and Future Dangerousness - Myths Behind the Presumption of Guilt
Over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the law closing most of this country’s facilities that warehoused people with mental disabilities. Sadly, his and others’ dream that this population would live independently, supported by community-based treatment, has not come to pass. Instead, deinstitutionalization has become transinstitutionalization — that is, people who otherwise would have been institutionalized are now in America’s jails and prisons. Estimates vary, but anywhere between 40 and 60 percent of inmates have some sort of mental illness or intellectual/developmental disability, and the number is higher for juvenile facilities. Penal institutions have become de facto mental institutions, and corrections officers are often the first to admit that this is costly and dangerous.
By Elizabeth Kelley in August 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Project Fatherhood - A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America’s Toughest Communities
Living in a small, conservative, mid-western town most of my adult life, the story of Project Fatherhood grabbed my attention. It is a story about a group of fathers in Watts, a small community in the eastern corner of South Los Angeles, who want to improve not only their lives, but lives of the community.
By Bob Lindemeier in July 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Beyond Freedom's Reach - A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery
Lincoln freed the slaves, right? Not exactly. The Emancipation Proclamation, effective Jan. 1, 1863, only applied to those states that took up arms against the Union. It did not apply to slaveholding states that remained loyal to the Union. And, it was an Executive Order, not an Act of Congress. Lincoln issued it while the war still raged, so he dedicated Federal troops to the enforcement of the Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation did apply to Louisiana. This is where the story begins.
By Maureen L. Rowland in July 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: The Wrong Carlos - Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution
This is a sad, absorbing, and profoundly important tale of a wrongful conviction and execution. Everyone with an interest in criminal justice and every public official with responsibility in this realm should place it high on their reading list.
By Tony Bornstein in June 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Dorm Room Dealers: Drugs and the Privileges of Race and Class
When considering the phrase “drug dealer,” what image pops into mind? A person of color peddling product on the street corners of an impoverished community? Or a Caucasian college student from an affluent background selling pot, party drugs, and pills from campus housing? Rafik Mohamed and Erik Fritsvold challenge those who accept as accurate only the former, stereotypical image of a drug dealer as often appears in popular media. They do so by showing that the latter version of a drug dealer is just as much a reality in the United States as the stereotype. Dorm Room Dealers is the result of a six-year study in which the authors used trust-building actions, fly-on-the-wall observations, and extensive interviews with 50 individual drug dealers — all of whom were college students in Southern California, all of whom were from middle- or upper-class backgrounds, and most of whom were Caucasian.
By Dionne R. Gonder-Stanley in May 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Showdown - Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America
Shortly after New Year’s Day in 1973, Lyndon Johnson called Thurgood Marshall to say that he was planning to write a book about Marshall’s nomination to the Supreme Court and the bruising confirmation battle that followed. The justice enthusiastically agreed to help with the project. Sadly, their collaboration was not to be. LBJ died on January 22.
By Cheryl D. Stein in April 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Listening to Killers - Lessons Learned From My 20 Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases
What motivates people to kill? James Garbarino set out to answer that very question. In his newest book, Listening to Killers, Garbarino describes what he has learned over the last 20 years as an expert witness interviewing people accused of murder.
By Cara Schaefer Wieneke in April 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Exonerated - A Brief and Dangerous Freedom
After being wrongfully convicted of murder and serving 29 years in prison, James Woodward was freed in 2008 after DNA testing obtained by the Innocence Project of Texas (IPOT) excluded him as the perpetrator. Woodward was the longest-serving inmate in the United States to be freed by DNA evidence. This is not a story of his legal fight for freedom, but more about surviving freedom. Specifically, this is a love story, written as a memoir by the author, Joyce King, James’ girlfriend for the four years that followed his exoneration. From the beginning, we know he dies. Though Ms. King wants to honor James’ spirit and his fight for normalcy and happiness, the story unfolds into a character study of two opposing worlds and how long-term incarceration destroys people.
By Lisa B. Kauffman in April 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: The Ploughmen
The Ploughmen is a novel about two men — a killer awaiting trial for a brutal murder and a young sheriff’s deputy. The deputy works the over-night shift and is assigned to sit outside the killer’s cell night after night in the hope of extracting information of additional crimes in the old man’s long career. What begins as small talk deepens into shared confidences and ends with an interesting twist in which the killer puts the deputy into an untenable position. Along with this twist comes one last confession of several murders.
By Dr. Teri Stockham in March 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
Book Review: Flawed Convictions - ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ and the Inertia of Injustice
In 1996, the state of Wisconsin successfully prosecuted Audrey Edmunds for an unspeakable crime: the violent shaking death of a six-month-old girl. But 12 years later, an appellate court overturned Edmunds’ conviction because, the appeals court held, “a shift in mainstream medical opinion” casts doubt on the accuracy of expert testimony presented at Edmunds’ trial. Edmunds’ case seemed part of a small, yet potentially-ground breaking trend: a recognition by courts that flawed medical testimony could lead to wrongful convictions of defendants for Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Deborah Tuerkheimer, a former prosecutor who once litigated SBS cases, had thought this handful of victories might catalyze a “massive institutional effort” to overturn similarly-flawed SBS convictions. Instead, Tuerkheimer, now a law professor at Northwestern, found a “criminal justice system ill-equipped to vet medical expertise, and even less capable of reversing direction.”
By Carrie Sperling in March 2016
Category: The Champion Magazine
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