Dr. Samenow's three decades of working with criminals have reaffirmed his argument that factors such as poverty, divorce, and media violence do not cause criminality. Rather, as Samenow documents here, all criminals share a particular mind-set--often evident in childhood--that is disturbingly different from that of a responsible citizen.
While new types of crime have grown more prevalent, or at least more visible to the public eye--from spousal abuse to school shootings--little has changed in terms of our approach to dealing with crime. Rehabilitation programs based on the assumption that society is more to blame for crime than the criminal, an assumption for which a causal link has yet to be established, have proved to be grossly inadequate. Crime continues to invade every aspect of our lives, criminal court dockets and prisons are oppressively overcrowded and expensive, and recidivism rates continue to escalate.
To embark on a truly corrective program, we must begin with the clear understanding that the criminal chooses crime; he chooses to reject society long before society rejects him. The criminal values people only to the extent that he can use them for his own self-serving ends; he does not justify his actions to himself. Only by "habilitating" the criminal, so that he sees himself realistically and develops responsible patterns of thought, can we change his behavior.
It is vital that we know who the criminal is and how and why he acts differently from responsible citizens. From that understanding can come reasonable, compassionate, and effective solutions.
Somewhat disappointing... I found the book to be simple, it just doesn't dig deep enough into the criminal mind that lets me know why people commit these horrific offenses. Read morePublished 19 days ago by JoyAnne
Excellent book, 5 stars!!!!!! There should b 5 stars, how o I edit to reflect this? Very informative &
accurate. I agree with author's philosophy!
I find the initial blurb review highly prejudiced against the authors, as the writer is seeped in the modern blame philosophy, viz. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jim kiely
Most of the criminal mind I do not understand and never will but the author does a good job of covering the most important parts that are perhaps not as meant to be understood by... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia Ahnrn
As a society we are blind to criminals. We mistakenly believe that everyone is good at heart, particularly when they have credentials such as "caretaker,"... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike Brady
I purchased this book because I am doing my counseling internship at the prison in the state where I live. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Erin